April 03, 2015 - 4:33 PM
KAMLOOPS – There is a special addition to the Kamloops RCMP traffic section on the road in the South Thompson this long weekend. The Mobile Road Safety Unit, or Alexa’s Bus as it’s called, will be helping the police catch impaired drivers.
Alexa Middelaer, 4, was feeding a horse at the side of the road when she was hit and killed by a drunk driver in Ladner in 2008. Her family channeled their grief by challenging the RCMP to reduce the number of impaired drivers on the road in B.C., according to a media release, and Alexa's Bus was the result.
The fully customized Winnebago is outfitted with all the equipment police need to collect evidence and process suspected drunk drivers at the roadside, including two holding cells.
It has the latest breath testing technology, mobile computer workstations, a hybrid diesel backup generator and solar charging system, a video surveillance system and is purple, Alexa’s favourite colour.
Cpl. Brian O'Callaghan, who heads up the RCMP’s traffic section, thinks Alexa’s Bus could prove useful at outdoor music festivals this summer.
(GLYNN BROTHEN /InfoTel Multimedia)
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