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Local officers recognized for their role in taking impaired drivers off the road

April 30, 2014 - 5:14 PM

VERNON - Local officers were among 83 recognized yesterday for their efforts stopping drivers impaired by either drugs or alcohol.

The officers were from detachments across the South East District. In the Vernon/North Okanagan detachment and North Okanagan Traffic Services, 13 officers were recognized to become members of Alexa's Team.

The team is named after a four-year-old girl, killed in an impaired driving accident in 2008 while she stood on the side of the road feeding a horse. 

To be nominated for Alexa's Team, police officers must have removed at least 12 impaired drivers from the road in the previous calendar year through a criminal charge investigation or the new immediate roadside prohibition (IRP) administrative process, in addition to issuing administrative driving prohibitions, IRP fails, and IRP refusals.

The officers named are:

Const. Eric Beaulieu                Vernon/North Okanagan    
Const. Mike Baylin                  Vernon/North Okanagan    
Const. Tyler Jackson               Vernon/North Okanagan    
Const. Jonathan Klassen          Vernon/North Okanagan    
Cpl. Joe Leeson                   Vernon/North Okanagan    
Const. Mark Hiller                   Vernon/North Okanagan    
Const.Dave Hoekstra              Vernon/North Okanagan    
Const. Sam Audley                 Vernon/North Okanagan    
Const. Gerrod Strebchuk          Vernon/North Okanagan    
Const. Chad Gravelle               Vernon/North Okanagan    
Cpl. Daryl Dalby                  Vernon/North Okanagan
Const. Steven Schenkeveld      North Okanagan Traffic Services
Const. Tibor Balbauf                North Okanagan Traffic Services

In all, these officers dealt with 186 impaired drivers for both criminal code and 90-day IRP offences. They also took another 177 drivers off the roads for a period of either 24 hours or three days for driving with an blood alcohol or drug level just under impaired.

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