Current Conditions

Mainly Sunny
27.7°C

Alexa’s Bus helping to crack down on drunk drivers in Kamloops

Cpl. Brian O'Callaghan speaks with the media about what the Mobile Road Safety Unit, or Alexa's Bus, can do to help get impaired drivers off the road, Thursday, April 2, 2015.
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.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Howard Alexander at halexander@infonews.ca or call 250-491-0331. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

News from © InfoTel News Ltd, 2015
InfoTel News Ltd

  • Popular penticton News
  • Comments
  • Body of missing Cache Creek fire chief found
    CACHE CREEK - The body of Clayton Cassidy has been found. Around 10:30 p.m. yesterday, May 27, members of the Ashcroft fire department found his body during a patrol of Cache Creek, accordin
  • TRENDING NOW: Instant karma for angry dog walker
    When crossing a street we all pay attention to a car pulling up to an intersection, but this man seems to get really riled up for some reason. Of course, his threatening behaviour is under c
  • Okanagan Indian Band warns of 'dangerous, disgusting and filthy dirty' flood water
    OKANAGAN - You might think it novel to cruise through flooded yards on a paddle board, or float around on an inner tube, but the Okanagan Indian Band is popping that idea with a blunt warning: flo
  • Firefighters rescue unexpected visitors during blaze battle in Calgary
    Calgary firefighters made an unexpected rescue when they were battling a house fire in the city's southwest. On Friday afternoon, a passerby called 911 to report smoking coming from a ho
  • Fire on Front Street
    PENTICTON - Penticton firefighters spent a hot afternoon battling a fire on Front Street today. Penticton Deputy Fire Chief Chris Forester said in a release Sunday evening, May 28, firefight
View Site in: Desktop | Mobile