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 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
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
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.
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SOURCE British Columbia Automobile Association
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