If you drink, don’t drive! Call Operation Red Nose this holiday season, and community volunteers will drive you home in your own vehicle – all by donation! Donations benefit local youth and literacy organizations in the Kingston area.

Since 1997, Operation Red Nose has been Kingston’s #1 holiday designated driver service. Save this number in your phone, for you or a friend, and help keep our roads safe this winter:


Operation Red Nose is operated by volunteers. The service is open from 9:00pm-3:00am on Fridays & Saturdays starting Friday, November 24 – Saturday, December 16 and again on New Year’s Eve – Sunday, December 31!

  • Friday, November 24 & Saturday, November 25 (weekend #11)
  • Friday, December 1 & Saturday, December 2 (weekend #12)
  • Friday, December 8 & Saturday, December 9 (exams)
  • Friday, December 15 & Saturday, December 16 (exams)
  • and New Year’s Eve, Sunday, December 31

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Volunteers are key

Operation Red Nose is only possible because of the strong commitment of numerous volunteers who fill all sorts of roles. The majority of volunteers are needed to serve as part of three-person teams – an escort driver, designated driver and navigator – who escort clients safely to their destination. You can assemble your own three-person team or be teamed up with other volunteers once you arrive. All volunteers must be willing to submit to a police background check prior to volunteering and obey the code of ethics.

About Operation Red Nose

Operation Red Nose is a national program dedicated to help prevent drinking and driving. It is a free, confidential, volunteer-driver service offered to any individual who has been drinking or who simply does not feel fit to drive his/her vehicle home.

The mission of Operation Red Nose is to encourage responsible behavior (in a non-judgmental manner) by enabling communities to provide a free and confidential chauffeur service to their members, the financial benefits of which are redistributed to local family literacy projects and other educational programs.

The philosophy of Operation Red Nose is neutral regarding the consumption of alcohol. Our position is simple: if you drink, don’t drive, call a cab, use public transit, ​call a friend, spend the night or call Operation Red Nose 613-544-7447!