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Drive safely this holiday season

12-Dec-2011

The Saint John Police Force is reminding drivers to drink responsibly and drive safely this holiday season.

Plan ahead and think about how you’ll get home, whether you plan on drinking or not. Use a designated driver, take a taxi, or call Operation Red Nose. If you have to leave a vehicle, keep the winter overnight parking restriction, which affects most of the City of Saint John, in mind and find an off-street spot or an exempted street. If parking Uptown, use a parking lot rather than a metered space, as there is no parking in metered spaces (with an individual meter or a Pay-and-Display machine) between midnight and 7 a.m.

If you’re hosting a party at home, make arrangements for guests and have options available for them to get home safely.

Operation Red Nose operates Fridays and Saturdays in December. The volunteers will arrive at your location, and a designated driver and navigator will drive you and your vehicle home safely. The service is free, and is available on a first come, first serve basis from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., with the last rides before 3 a.m. Call 693-6810 on December 16, 17, 22 (Thursday), 23, 30 and 31, or visit operationrednose.com to learn more. You can also follow Operation Red Nose on Twitter at @ORNSaintJohn.

The Saint John Police Force will be performing spot checks throughout the holiday season, as well as targeting known areas of concern for possible impaired drivers. The minimum penalty for an impaired driving offense under the Criminal Code of Canada is a one-year driver’s license suspension, a $1500 fine and possibly three days in jail.

For more information, please visit saintjohn.ca or call 648-3260.