Apr 13, 2016 - POLICE OFFICERS ON 'ALEXA'S TEAM' HONOURED FOR TAKING IMPAIRED DRIVERS OFF B.C. ROADS

The legacy continues to grow for a young Ladner girl killed by a drunk driver almost eight years ago.

Today, 246 officers from across B.C. were named to the 2015 Alexa’s Team. The recognized officers have all taken at least 12 impaired drivers off the road in the past year through a criminal code investigation or an administrative 90-day immediate roadside prohibition.

“Collectively, these men and women over the past year were responsible for removing nearly 4,000 high risk rivers from our roads,” said RCMP E Division Superintendent Derek Cooke.

“That’s amazing, and once gain my congratulations to them.”

Alexa’s Team is named after four-year-old Alexa Middelaer, who was killed by a drunk driver in May 2008. The driver, a 56-year-old woman, was later convicted of drunk driving.

Since the program started, more than 71,300 impaired drivers have been taken off the road.

“Your systematic willingness to go? above and beyond is testament to your character and commitment, and we thank you, and you deserve to be thanked,” said Laurel Middelaer, Alexa’s mother.

“Rest assured, that the unheard voices of those victims and their families who have suffered as a result of impaired driving are being heard by the members of Alexa’s team.

There’s been a 52 per cent reduction in alcohol-affected driving fatalities in the province from October 2010 to September 2014.

Source: Global News


 

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