On New Year’s Eve, Cheryl Moes was volunteering for Operation Red Nose when the escort car she was driving was hit by a suspected drunk driver, sending Moes and the Ford Focus she was piloting into a ditch on Highway 1 in Valleyview.
The speeding pickup truck hit Moes’ Ford and the vehicle she was following — a Subaru Forester carrying a Red Nose driver and navigator and the people they were driving home from a night on the town.
While there were no serious injuries reported in the crash, Moes does not want to forget the harrowing experience and decided to get a tattoo to remember the ironic collision.
“I wanted the tattoo to commemorate the accident and to remind people why we are out there volunteering our time to try to prevent what happened that night,” she said.
“When people see it and ask why, I can tell them the story. When I do, most people can’t believe it happened. Drinking and driving should never be a thing. There is always an alternative. The message needs to he heard.”
Operation Red Nose is a by-donation service that runs during the Christmas season. It sees volunteers drive people home in their own vehicles in a bid to cut down on accidents due to impaired driving, fatigue and weather conditions. Donations go to PacificSport to help amateur athletes.
The driver of the pickup truck, a 24-year-old Kamloops man who sustained non-life-threatening injuries in the crash, refused to provide a breath sample, but was suspected of impaired driving.
He was subsequently issued a 90-day immediate roadside prohibition and charged with driving without due care and attention under the provincial Motor Vehicle Act.