Kamloops Mounties who took 156 impaired drivers off the road have been honoured.
On April 27, Roxanne Engli, Kamloops community leader for Mothers Against Drunk Driving, attended the Kamloops RCMP Detachment to pay tribute to 13 police officers from the municipal and provincial traffic units who made it onto the 2019 Alexa’s Team.
To maintain proper social distance, only a handful of officers attended the ceremony, which honoured their pre-pandemic efforts.
“You represent the extraordinary efforts and commitment police have to reducing impaired driving, preventing deadly crashes, and keeping our roads safe,” Engli said during her presentation.
Alexa’s Team is a program that recognizes RCMP and municipal police officers in B.C. who demonstrate a commitment to reducing the number of impaired drivers on the roadways. The team was named after four-year-old Alexa Middelaer, who was killed by an impaired driver as she was standing at the roadside feeding a horse in Delta in May 2008.
“Good traffic cops and those who take impaired drivers off the road save more lives than any other unit,” Kamloops RCMP Supt. Syd Lecky said. “They’re very passionate about what they do. I hope it’s something they never get tired of because it means so much to us.”
To be nominated for Alexa’s Team, police officers must have removed at least 12 drivers impaired by drugs or alcohol from the road in the previous calendar year through a Criminal Code investigation or the immediate roadside prohibition (IRP) administrative process, in addition to issuing administrative driving prohibitions, IRP fails and IRP refusals. “
We know that impaired drivers kill and injure the most people on the roadways,” Kamloops RCMP CPl. Wayne Chung said. “In memory of Alexa, it’s an inspiration to remove these people from the roadway before their actions tragically impact the lives of others.”
The 2019 Alexa Team Members recognized by Engli include:
• Wayne Chung
• Patrick Ellis
• David Bigcharles
• Mike Scherpenisse
• Dan Eccleston
• Mark Richardson
• Matt James
• Paul Koester
• Dawn Gillingham
• Gordon Sauer
• Cody Fisher
• Scott Richards
• Mark Blacklock