Opération Nez Rouge
With December comes Christmas parties, outings with friends, celebrations of Christmas and New Years, etc. And with these often come drinking! As we all know drinking and driving can kill people. And to prevent that “Operation Nez Rouge” was created!
“Essentially, it is a volunteer driving service provided during the Christmas Holiday Season to all drivers who have been drinking or who do not feel fit to drive their own vehicle back home. It is an original and free way of getting a safe ride in our own vehicle without driving it!” (ONR)
So on Saturday I volunteered for this service! They need teams of 3 volunteers… I was the partner (also called secretary because I handled the paperwork) and I found two other girls, one was the driver (drives the client’s car with me in it also) and our escort (the third team member is in her own car and follows us so that we can get aboard with her once we’ve dropped the client home).
I was a bit scared because I went to the meeting point/base on my own and didn’t know anyone but they quickly teamed me up! They also give you a little 15 minutes training session when you arrive so you know exactly how everything works. They provide volunteers with snacks and beverages (coffee, soft drinks, juice, no beers of course!) and are generally very happy you’re there!
The evening went quite well. We had 6 clients… It was a nice mix, the older lady, younger guys, a couple, a bunch of friends. All were very thankful for the Nez Rouge ride home!
It’s not too late to register to volunteer. Once your application has been approved you can just show up any night you feel like volunteering. Operation Nez Rouge runs through December 31. And if you had a bit too much fun at a party and think you can’t drive home, call them! In the Montreal area: (514) 256-2510.
The pin I got for volunteering, proudly pinned on my Winter coat…