Operation Red Nose is a well known program all across Canada. If you need a sober driver during the busy holiday season you can call them, request a ride, and someone will pick you up and drive your car home too. That way, anyone tempted to drink and drive in Quebec, Ontario, Saskatchewan, or anywhere else will have no reason not to ask for a safe ride home.
Every year Operation Red Nose designates an ambassador for the program, and this year that person for the Outaouais region in Quebec is Daniel Séguin. He used to be known as a popular morning radio host in Gatineau, but now he’s also known as a convicted drunk driver who’s Quebec DUI case has finally settled after seven years.
Séguin was driving drunk in August of 2010 when he crashed into a woman’s car. She was a few months pregnant at the time, and he had a blood alcohol content (BAC) three times the legal limit.
After his case settled and he was sentenced to 90 days in jail, he thought about putting it all behind him and moving on. He knew he made a mistake when he decided to drink and drive in Quebec, but when he was asked to be the ambassador for Operation Red Nose, he decided to accept with the thought it might take him full circle.
As a convicted drunk driver he’s the perfect person to promote Operation Red Nose. He has an experience he can share with other drivers who may be tempted to make the same choice, and he understands what can happen if you drink and drive.
You’ll find Operation Red Nose operating in Quebec on certain dates in December. If you’re ever tempted to drink and drive during the holidays, hopefully you’ll remember there’s a helping hand and a sober driver out there waiting for you.