It has been seven years since four-year-old Alexa Middelaer was killed by an alcohol-impaired driver. In that time the police, her family and their supporters have worked tirelessly to make British Columbia’s roads safer for everyone — and they are.

On Thursday, May 7, ICBC and MADD Canada honoured 124 members of the 2014 Alexa’s Team from the Lower Mainland for continuing to keep communities safe by removing drivers affected by alcohol or drugs from the roads.

Officers recognized from the Burnaby RCMP included: Cpl. David Chu, constables Jennifer Barker, David Carter, Nathan James, Shazad Khan, Billy Kwan, Diane Marsh, Derek Morosoff, Brad Potter, Denis Arseneault, Eduardo Faustino and Lewis Polman.

From the Port Mann Traffic Services division, constables Denis Beaulieu, Jason Duin, Mike Moore, Jenna Oliver, John Stables and Jarret Towns were also honoured.

In total, 521 impaired drivers were removed from roads by these officers, with Potter, Beaulieu and Stables receiving all-star designations and recognition as being among the top impaired driving investigators in the province with each taking at least 34 criminally impaired drivers off the road in 2014.

Formed in 2008, Alexa’s Team has grown from 26 members to 1,617 new and returning RCMP and Municipal police officers from all corners of the province.

These officers have processed more than 66,000 impaired driving sanctions for alcohol and drug related driving offences over the past seven years in B.C.

“I want to acknowledge and thank all those officers, from across the province, who have become part of Alexa’s Team,” said RCMP, OIC E-Division Traffic, Supt. Denis Boucher. “Their contribution to the fight against impaired driving is to be commended. The sad part of acknowledging them for their great work is the fact that there are still those who choose to drive while impaired.”

Source: Burnaby News


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