The program, which gets drivers and their vehicles home safely over the holiday season, had a total of 243 rides on Friday and Saturday. That tops the previous best of 222 rides on the second weekend of the service, a record set in 2012.
Each night also saw a record set. The 95 rides on Friday beat the previous high of 85 in 2012. On Saturday, the 148 rides topped the 137 total from 2012.
The total could have been higher on Saturday, says spokesperson Andrea Johnson.
“There was a wait time of up to one hour,” she said in a press release, “simply because we didn’t have enough volunteer teams on the road.
“We apologize to the 25 clients that we couldn’t get to.”
There were 75 volunteers out Friday night, including 19 teams on the road, and 69 volunteers, including 20 teams, on Saturday.
The record-setting weekend brings the two-week ride total this year to 356.
Operation Red Nose is still looking for volunteers to assist with the program. Anyone interested can go to www.ornpg.ca, fill out the application (including a Criminal Record Check), and drop it off at the RCMP detachment.
Operation Red Nose is a free-seasonal service organized by the Rotary Club of Prince George Nechako in partnership with ICBC and the RCMP.
The service will operate again on Dec. 12 and 13, as well as Dec. 19 and 20, and then again on New Year’s Eve.