Operation Red Nose underway in Chilliwack

Operation Red Nose kicked off in Chilliwack this past weekend.

We’re heading into the eighth year of Operation Red Nose, which kicked off in Chilliwack this past weekend.

The lines opened at 9 p.m. on Friday, and volunteers will be on duty throughout the season offering safe rides home for motorists who don’t feel fit to drive.

“We are also thankful and proud of those citizens who make the responsible decision to use this service and not to drink and drive,” said Chilliwack Mayor Sharon Gaetz.

Volunteers give up their weekend nights to help with Operation Red Nose, which runs every Friday and Saturday until New Year’s Eve, excluding Dec. 23-24 and Dec. 30.

“I urge you to plan ahead,” said Mayor Gaetz. “Everyone benefits from safer roads and with so many options, there is no excuse to drink and drive.”

A total of 738 people used the Operation Red Nose service last season in Chilliwack. Chilliwack Restorative Justice & Youth Advocacy Association is the host organization for the region, including Agassiz and Harrison.

The number to call for a ride home is 604-393-3000, or to volunteer with Operation Red Nose call 604-393-3023.