Operation Red Nose encourages responsibility

Sherry Martell
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BIBLE HILL - Student volunteers will once again be a driving force behind Operation Red Nose (ORN) in Truro.
During the 2008 campaign more than 100 volunteers helped keep more than 300 potentially impaired drivers and 123 vehicles off Truro's roads and highways over just eight nights of operation.
"NSAC Student's Union is very happy to be involved with Operation Red Nose this year, and many students have already signed up to be volunteers," said Connie McLellan, vice-president of Student Affairs for the NSAC Student's Union.
"We would like to say thank you to the Insurance Bureau of Canada for their tremendous involvement and also to our sponsors of Greco, Tim Hortons and Red Bull for the food and drinks they supply to our volunteers. Enterprise also needs a big thank you for their continued support through the donation of cars."
The Nova Scotia Liquor Commission is also a major supporter of the campaign, which encourages people to celebrate responsibly by designating a sober driver, staying overnight or calling a relative, a cab or ORN for a ride.
Anyone who feels unable to drive home after indulging in too many cups of holiday cheer, or is just too tired to drive, can call ORN to be picked up by a team of three volunteers and an escort vehicle.
The client is driven home in his or her own vehicle to the destination of their choice. The escort vehicle follows along and, at the end of the trip takes the team of volunteers to pick up other clients or back to the local headquarters.
The service will be offered on weekends from Nov. 27 to Dec. 19 from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Funds raised in the Truro area this year will go toward two scholarships, one for a returning NSAC student and one for a new student, both of which have been involved with ORN.
Funds will also be used to sponsor local safe grad festivities.
"Operation Red Nose increased public awareness about enjoying the season while making responsible choices," said Amanda Dean, with IBC Atlantic.
"Our goal is to keep the festive season festive by preventing the needless tragedies that result from impaired driving.
"Operation Red Nose is a natural extension of our industry's long-term commitment to road safety, and we are delighted to be a part of this important program for another year in Nova Scotia."
In Truro people can contact ORN drivers by calling 897-1ORN (1676)

smartell@trurodaily.com

Organizations: Insurance Bureau of Canada, Tim Hortons, Nova Scotia Liquor Commission

Geographic location: Truro, NSAC Student, Nova Scotia

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