Bus helps officers bust Kamloops drivers

The mobile road safety unit known as Alexa's bus. To remember the four-year-old, it was painted purple - her favourite colour.

KAMLOOPS - RCMP used the latest police agency tool to target drunk drivers to hand out sanctions to 11 different drivers for impaired driving in Kamloops over Easter weekend.

Cpl. Cheryl Bush says along with those 11 drivers, officers also caught two drivers without insurance, one prohibited driver and made four marijuana seizures.

They used a re-designed motorhome built after the family of Alexa Middelaer challenged police forces to reduce drunk drivers on the road. The four-year-old girl from Ladner was killed when she was hit by a drunk driver.

The vehicle is equipped with two breathalyzer stations to process suspected drunk drivers at the roadside. The unit includes two holding cells.

Bush says beyond its use for roadside stops last Saturday, the vehicle was featured in the vintage car show. Afterwards people got a chance to see Alexa’s bus for themselves in Riverside Park.

The bus, normally stored in the Lower Mainland, will continue touring around the province to educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving. 

-This story was corrected at 10:33 a.m. on April 8, 2015 to reflect the bus is used by all police agencies and not solely the RCMP. 

To contact a reporter for this story, email Glynn Brothen at gbrothen@infonews.ca, or call 250-319-7494. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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