The BEST way to get home this Holiday Season!
Spend time with your friends and family celebrating the Holidays and use Operation Red Nose's FREE designated driver program to get you AND your vehicle home safe and sound this Season! One quick call to our Red Nose Hotline and we will dispatch one of our volunteer drive teams to your pick-up location. Two of the drive team members will drive you and your guests home in your vehicle while the third team member follows in the team escort vehicle. When you arrive at your drop-off location, the team will reunite and continue on to their next assignment.
What happens when you call Operation Red Nose?
Our telephone operator will ask you a series of questions when you call 204-947-6673 to schedule a ride home. If you can, get to a quieter spot for your conversation.
The first question is a simple on, 'Do you have a vehicle with you tonight?'. Operation Red Nose is a designated driver program; we take YOU home in YOUR vehicle. After that, we will ask you a few questions about your vehicle. Things like the make and model, license plate number and the color. The more information you can give us the better; it helps us find you and your vehicle at busy Holiday parties and get-togethers.
We will even ask you how many seat belts there are in your vehicle. Two drive team volunteers will drive you home in your vehicle and we need to make sure there is enough room for everyone. If your car has five seat belts, that means you have room for the two drive team volunteers, yourself and two friends. If there are three friends with you; we'll try to figure out how to make it work with you.
We'll ask you where you are and where you are going. Please help us find you by providing accurate information. If you are in a public place; such as a bar or restaurant, the name will work just fine. If you are at a private party at your friend's house, please give us the address -- house number and all. It's hard to find the GPS coordinates for 'the blue house on the corner of such and such'.
Please provide a telephone number where we can reach you. We usually don't call when we are on our way, but it does help if we are having difficulty finding you in a busy bar or Christmas party. Expect a 30 to 45 minute wait from the time you call to when our team arrives to pick you up. If it varies from this, our operator will let you know when you call for a ride home.
Keep an eye out for the drive team volunteers around that 30 to 45 minute mark by watching for two or three people wearing the iconic red vests. Many times you will find them before they find you.
Hours of Operation
Phones are open from 9:00 pm to 3:00 am on operation nights.
• Please call 30 to 45 min prior to your preferred pick-up time to request a ride.
The City of Winnipeg and surrounding areas (limit of 10 KM outside of the Perimeter Hwy).
Rural locations please note:
- • Requests for rides for the area between Selkirk and Winnipeg may result in a transfer between Operation Red Nose teams in Winnipeg and Selkirk and are dependent on drive team availability in both locations.
- • Requests for rides to further locations outside of Winnipeg are dependent on weather conditions and drive team availability.