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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