Thursday, April 4, 2013

On the Road

A Good News Story

Three Chilliwack cops honoured by Alexa's Team

Released by Lennae Durant, BCAA

 

Alexa’s Team 2012 Chilliwack L-R: Cst. Reid Trustham, Cst. Laurel Middelaer, Mike Sabulsky, Cst. Andrew Brand. The BCAA Road Safety Foundation, ICBC and the Middelaer family honoured police officers from the Lower Mainland as members of Alexa’s Team. Four recognition events are being held over the next six weeks in Surrey, Victoria, Kelowna and Prince George.

 

ince 2008, members of Alexa’s Team, those police officers who are the top impaired driving investigators in the province, have been removing impaired drivers from the streets and highways of our communities making the roads safer for all.

Today the BCAA Road Safety Foundation, ICBC and the Middelaer family honoured three police officers from Chilliwack as members of Alexa’s Team in recognition of their diligent efforts. Four recognition events will be held over the next six weeks in Surrey, Victoria, Kelowna and Prince George.

B.C. reports that the number of fatalities related to impaired driving ( (drugs, alcohol, prescription medication)) continues to drop, from 126 in 2010 to 73 in 2011, and preliminary data for 2012 shows a historic low of 59.

Preliminary RCMP data for 2012 also indicates that the number of impaired drivers on the road has significantly decreased with fewer drivers being charged. Combined with the reduction in fatalities, this suggests that public attitudes and behaviours are changing significantly when it comes to impaired driving.

“The recent drop in impaired-related motor vehicle fatalities is the 'good news' story,” stated Insp. Ted Emanuels, Officer in Charge, RCMP Lower Mainland District Traffic Services, “In 2011 and 2012, 120 people were not killed by impaired driving and 120 families were not devastated for life.”

Inspector Emanuels attributes the dramatic decrease in impaired driving in B.C. to effective partnerships between the police and government and private strategic road safety partners, and more importantly, the change in attitude and behavior of the public. More than ever, impaired driving is not acceptable in B.C.

“We want to sincerely thank all of the police officers on Alexa’s Team for their exceptional dedication and commitment to getting impaired drivers off our roads,” said John Dickinson, ICBC’s director, road safety. “We’re proud to be a part of Alexa’s Team and to support road safety initiatives like this that help make our roads safer for everyone.”

“The police continue to do so much to reduce the impact of impaired driving in our communities,” stated Mark Donnelly, President and COO, BCAA Road Safety Foundation. “This work is very important and the BCAA Road Safety Foundation is proud to be working with them and the Middelaer family to educate the public about the dangerous consequences of impaired driving.”

“As a family, we are heartened to see that there has been a significant decrease in the number of people injured and killed by impaired drivers over this past year,” stated Laurel Middelaer. “We know that the members of Alexa’s Team have served unwaveringly to make our communities safer.

“Improving public safety is a tangible difference that we can make to honour those who suffered loss on our roads,” added Middelear. “We thank the officers for honouring our daughter, Alexa, in this notable way and for serving our communities with their excellence.

Alexa’s Team formed in memory of Alexa Middelaer, who was killed by an impaired driver when she was only four years old. The team has grown over the past five years from 26 members to over 1,000 new and returning members who are R.C.M.P. and Municipal police officers from all corners of the province. Since 2008 team members have processed 41,354 impaired driving charges or penalties against drivers in violation of B.C.’s impaired driving laws.

To be nominated for Alexa's Team, police officers must have removed at least 12 impaired drivers from the road in the previous calendar year through a Criminal Charge investigation (for alcohol or drug impairment) or through an administrative driving prohibition (90-Day Immediate Roadside Prohibition or 90-Day Administrative Driving Prohibition).

The members of Alexa's Team will continue to be out there and deal with those who choose to put others at risk.

2012 Alexa’s Team - Agassiz

Cst. Andrew Brand UFV Regional Detachment - Agassiz CPO

Cst. Reid Trustham UFV Regional Detachment - Chilliwack CPO

Cst. Mike Sabulsky UFV Regional Detachment - Chilliwack T.S. *All-Star

Total impaired drivers removed = 107

* All-Star team members are the top impaired driving investigators in the province. Each of them has taken at least 34 criminally impaired drivers off the road in 2011.
 

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