Cst. Gary McLaughlin poses with Laurel Middelaer

Local RCMP officer rewarded for work catching drunk drivers

Cst. Gary McLaughlin of the Revelstoke RCMP was named to “Alexa’s Team” for his work catching impaired drivers.

“Alexa’s Team” recognizes police officers that have recorded a minimum of 10 full impaired driving charges and/or 90-day driving prohibitions under the new roadside prohibition regulations.

It was formed by Laurel Middelaer, whose daughter Alexa was killed by an impaired driver in May 2008 when she was only four.

“Knowing that impaired driving is the number one cause of criminal death in B.C., knowing that on average two British Columbians die each week due to impaired driving, and knowing that this is how our four-year-old daughter was killed is almost unbelievable and I am sure that everyone reading this would concur,” stated Laurel Middelaer in a press release. “There are hundreds of families in B.C. that share our experience. As a family we choose to look for solutions. We are working with others to make this province and this country safer.”

Since Alexa’s Team was formed three years, member officers have removed 18,810 impaired drivers from B.C. roads.

“Approximately 150 people are killed each year in B.C. at the hands of impaired drivers. Many more suffer the loss of their loved ones for the rest of their lives,” stated Inspector Ted Emanuels, operations officer for the R.C.M.P. Lower Mainland District Traffic Services. “The proud members of Alexa’s Team are dedicated traffic, general duty and patrol officers from throughout B.C. who have made the reduction of impaired driving fatalities and injuries a personal challenge. They continue to demonstrate a commitment to removing both alcohol and drug impaired drivers from our roadways to make B.C. a safer place for all of us.”

Team Alexa is run through the BC Automobile Association Road Safety Foundation. This year, the foundation, along with Surrey mayor Dianne Watts and the Middelaer family, kicked off the Alexa’s Bus campaign, with the goal of raising $250,000 to bring a mobile impaired driving testing unit to B.C.

This is McLaughlin’s second year on Alexa’s Team. Cst. David Gale, who recently transferred out of the Revelstoke RCMP, was also named to the team.

Just Posted

Healing with honesty: Justice served 40 years later

Revelstoke senior gets house arrest for sexually assaulting stepdaughter

UPDATE: Trans-Canada Highway closure extended until 4 p.m. east of Revelstoke

The highway was closed after a head-on collision between trucks early Dec. 6

Avalanche control west of Revelstoke today

Highway 1 to be closed for two hours

Politically Incorrect: Advice for the politically correct first term councillor

Tim Palmer Special to the Review Former Revelstoke councillor Steve Bender was… Continue reading

VIDEO: Boys help rescue Cariboo bear cub

The cub, weighing just 24lbs, has been taken to wildlife sanctuary in Northwest B.C. for the winter

$578: that’s how much your first distracted driving ticket will cost with recent premium hikes

Over 50 per cent of Canadians admitted to using phone while driving last year, according to study

WorkSafe BC to investigate explosion at Princeton facility

Explosion at Envirogreen waste reclamation plant occurred Nov. 27

Doors open to Vernon’s first refill store

Vernon’s Refill Store may be answer to plastics problem

Okanagan RCMP not toying around when it comes to impaired drivers

Saturday, Dec. 7 is National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day

‘Things haven’t changed enough:’ Ecole Polytechnique anniversary prompts reflection

Fourteen women were fatally shot by a gunman at the Montreal school on Dec. 6, 1989

Bear raids freezer, gorges on Island family’s Christmas baking

Hungry bruin virtually ignored meat and fish, focused, instead, on the sweets

Crown delves into Sagmoen’s history with North Okanagan sex workers

Decision on validity of police search warrant will be made on Monday, Dec. 9

Okanagan Similkameen could have a sister city in the south of France

Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen considering agreement with wine region in southern France

Most Read