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RIDE sees numbers increase


As cold weather blanketed the Parkland for much of the holiday season, the RIDE (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) program saw an increase in ridership.
“There was lots of drivers, lots of trips and lots of cold weather,’ said co-ordinator John Shuttleworth.
Temperatures dipped below -30C throughout the season, but volunteers were ready for it, he said, often keeping their cars running in anticipation of a call.
“So that we didn’t have to get into a cold, cold car,” Shuttleworth said, adding it took a long time to warm up once volunteers finally got home each night.
This season, a total of 35 RIDE volunteers took 214 trips, he said, transporting 466 passengers, compared to 399 last year.
“They knew where we were when they wanted to go home,” Shuttleworth added.
RIDE had less volunteers for its New Year’s Eve run, he noted, compared to previous years, but the program managed to get everyone who called home safely.
There were a lot of house parties this year for New Years Eve, Anne Shuttleworth said, noting volunteers cover a fair distance travelling as far as Winnipegosis, Ochre River, Grandview, Gilbert Plains, Sifton and Valley River.
The program received great support from its volunteers and major sponsors, Manitoba Public Insurance, Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries, the Dauphin RCMP detachment, plus many local businesses and community groups.
The Shuttleworths expressed gratitude for the support of new and long-time volunteers, as well as the businesses and groups that support RIDE.
“We’ll carry on with the program next year,” Anne affirmed.
She pointed out the number of passengers picked up over the holiday season proves the RIDE program is in demand.
“And very beneficial to our community and surrounding area,” Anne added.
Anyone interested in getting involved next year, either by volunteering or supporting the program, may call the Shuttleworths at 204-638-7181.

M. A. Nyquist