Join the BCAA Road Safety Foundation in the drive for Alexa's Bus

BURNABY, BC, May 2 /CNW/ - The BCAA Road Safety Foundation welcomes the participation of the BCAA members around the province in the drive for Alexa's Bus.

Alexa's Bus will be the branded name for a Mobile Impaired Driving Testing Unit.  A customized recreational vehicle that contains all the space and equipment required for police to collect evidence, process and educate impaired drivers at the roadside.

Similar vehicles are currently deployed in many jurisdictions including Washington State, Alberta, and Ontario.

Designed as a "mobile billboard", these buses enhance public awareness of impaired driving laws and sanctions and provide a powerful message that discourages driving impaired.  Alexa's Bus would travel to schools and community events where students and the public would tour the bus and learn all about the dangers of impaired driving and the police booking process.

The bus is named for four-year old Alexa Renée Middelaer who was struck and killed in May 2008 by a vehicle driven by an impaired driver. A Delta woman has since been convicted on four charges relating to Alexa's death and the injury of her aunt.

When asked what more people can do to help fight impaired driving, Laurel Middelaer says, "Alexa's Bus.  Let's work together to bring mobile impaired driving testing units to this province too!" This is about community, adds Middelaer, this is about the people bringing forth a solution, to equip our officers with the best tools.  That's what we can do for our province.

The units will be painted purple, Alexa's favourite colour.  Each unit costs approximately $250,000 to buy and outfit.

"Every week in BC two people are killed and another 60 people are injured every year as a result of impaired driving," stated Allan Lamb, executive director of the BCAA Road Safety Foundation.  "Like the Alexa's Team and the current impaired driving sanctions, Alexa's Bus is another means to deter impaired drivers through education or enforcement."

Alexa's Bus is an important tool in the fight against impaired driving.  Help reduce the deadly toll on our roads caused by impaired drivers.

Donations to help bring Alexa's Bus to British Columbia can be made at any of the 28 BCAA sales centres or at www.AlexasBus.com.  BCAA members can donate their CAA dollars earned through the use of their membership card.

About drinking and driving - British Columbia's deadly toll

In an average year*:

  • Police attend 5,100 motor vehicle crashes where alcohol is involved
  • 3,000 people are injured
  • 115 people die - more than a quarter of all motor vehicle fatalities

*ICBC reported statistics

About BCAA Road Safety Foundation

The BCAA Road Safety Foundation is a non-profit registered charity working with families, communities and business partners to reduce the number and severity of traffic crashes and injuries in B.C. For more information visit www.BCAATSF.ca or call 604-298-5107.

DRIVE TO SAVE LIVES
www.BCAATSF.ca

URL for this media release is: http://www.tsfbcaa.com/content/custompages/news.aspx

SOURCE British Columbia Automobile Association

For further information:

Lennea Durant 
Media Relations 
BCAA Road Safety Foundation 
Tel: 604-875-1182 
E-mail: lenneadurant@shaw.ca 
          Allan Lamb
Executive Director
BCAA Road Safety Foundation
Tel: 604-297-2151
E-mail:  allan.lamb@tsf-bcaa.com


FORFAITS PERSONNALISÉS

Jetez un coup d’œil sur nos forfaits personnalisés ou créez le vôtre selon vos besoins de communication particuliers.

Commencez dès aujourd'hui .

ADHÉSION À CNW

Remplissez un formulaire d'adhésion à CNW ou communiquez avec nous au 1-877-269-7890.

RENSEIGNEZ-VOUS SUR LES SERVICES DE CNW

Demandez plus d'informations sur les produits et services de CNW ou communiquez avec nous au 1‑877-269-7890.