On Friday and Saturday, RCMP from the South Okanagan Traffic Services team deployed in the Osoyoos and Oliver areas in large scale.

The officers were supported by the presence of Alexa’s Bus, a mobile safety unit designed to assist police in their counter-attack against impaired drivers.

Alexa’s Bus is part of the legacy of Alexa Middelaer, a four-year-old girl who was feeding a horse on the side of a road when she was struck and killed in May, 2008.

Alexa’s death was a catalyst for change that led to an unprecedented partnership between community, policing and government to save hundreds of lives by reducing impaired driving in British Columbia.

"We are fortunate to have had the bus in the South Okanagan this weekend to enhance our enforcement efforts and generate awareness about the issue of impaired driving. The education component provided by Alexa’s bus is a valuable tool in the prevention of impaired driving. And for those who continue to not get the message that we won’t tolerate impaired driving in our community, Alexa’s Bus helps us to deal with them as well,” said Cpl. Ryan McLeod.

Alexa’s Bus moved around the Osoyoos area on Friday night and Oliver on Saturday night where eight impaired drivers (seven by alcohol and one by drugs) were removed from the road.

“In one case, we had an impaired driver call a family member for a ride (as we had just impounded the driver’s vehicle for a period of 30 days). The family member attended and was also impounded and issued an alcohol-related prohibition. They decided to call a taxi after that. It’s hard to believe sometimes,” said McLeod.

Police also arrested and charged a 39-year-old male from Oliver with two counts of drug possession.

"The reception from our community was overwhelmingly positive with many curious citizens stopping to ask questions about the bus, Alexa and our operations. We had some photo ops with the kids, gave a few tours, talked about the importance of sober driving…the entire operation was a huge success,” said McLeod.

Source: Castanet


Last updated on: 2015-09-12 | Link to this post