RIDE returning to ensure a safe holiday season for all

Published on Tuesday, 15 November 2022 07:27

After a two-year hiatus Dauphin’s Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (RIDE) program is returning to ensure everyone gets home safely after celebrating this holiday season.

Operating out of the Dauphin Friendship Centre, RIDE gets underway Dec. 2, and will run each Friday and Saturday night in December, except for Dec. 24 and 30, providing those who have been celebrating with alcohol or cannabis a safe way home.

Even the smallest amount of alcohol or cannabis can impair judgment, especially for someone behind the wheel of a vehicle.

To prevent that, RIDE volunteers will pick you and your vehicle up from a provided location. They will then drive you and your vehicle to your destination, preferably your home residence.

Originally founded by John Shuttleworth and former RCMP Staff Sgt. Ron Marlin, RIDE is celebrating its 30th year.

The success of the program over the years can be directly attributed to its volunteers who devote their time and work tirelessly to ensure residents remains safe.

A few volunteers are already committed to the program, however, this year in particular, more are needed to help out.

Anyone interested in volunteering or making a donation to the program can call 204-638-1463.

Facilitated through the Dauphin RCMP Detachment and endorsed by Manitoba Public Insurance and Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries, RIDE is a non-profit program and money contributed goes back into the community.

When the program first began, it was the first of its kind in Manitoba. Since RIDE’s inception, other communities have followed suit and have developed their own version of the program.

As the festive season draws near, members and volunteers from RIDE encourage you not to drink and drive, or use cannabis and drive.

If you need a safe ride home this holiday season, call 204-638-5707.

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