Temperatures in Saskatchewan routinely hit -40 or -50 Celsius, but the frigid cold doesn’t stop the parties during the holiday season or people from going out for a night on the town. That’s why Operation Red Nose kicked off another location in Regina, Saskatchewan last year, and they are back again for another busy holiday season.
Operation Red Nose is a free transportation service that will pick you up from the local bar or nightclub after you’ve been drinking. Two people will show up to get you home safely – a driver who will drive you in your own vehicle and an escort who will follow you home to pick up the driver. Although the service is free, you can make a donation to Regina’s youth sports.
Operation Red Nose has been popular in provinces like British Columbia and Alberta for quite a few years, but because it’s still new in Saskatchewan, not a lot of people know about it. But there’s never been a better time to really kick off the designated driver service, because Saskatchewan has the worst provincial impaired driving record in Canada.
To curb the growing problem of impaired driving in Saskatchewan, impaired driving laws were changed as of June 2014. Now impaired drivers, including first offenders, will receive a mandatory ignition interlock in any vehicle they drive. You’ll also be required to pay fines, may have your vehicle impounded, and will receive a license suspension. If you refuse to provide a breath sample when stopped by the police in Saskatchewan, you’ll also immediately lose your driver’s license and may be required to install an ignition interlock device.
That’s why services like Operation Red Nose are so important. By giving potential impaired drivers a safe, easy way home with their own car, they may be less likely to get behind the wheel after drinking.
You can find out more about Operation Red Nose in Regina or other provinces by visiting their web site.
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