Alexa’s Bus Arrives in P.G.
Alexa’s Bus in Prince George – photos 250News
Prince George, B.C.- The big purple motor coach will be in Prince George for the balance of the month, it is Alexa’s Bus, a mobile road safety unit that is the first of its kind in Canada.Completed in December, the unit is a police station on wheels, complete with two breathalizer testing stations equipped with the same testing equipment you would expect to find at any police station. Thee are two ‘privacy’ rooms, where those suspected of impaired driving can call their lawyers.
The unit has a washroom, live video feed to ‘E’ Division Traffic services , there are two work stations for officers to work on their files, and there are a few creature comforts in the form of a sink, micro-wave and a coffee machine.
(at right, PG RCMP Media Liaison Corporal Craig Douglass demonstrates the ‘walk the straight line’ test inside the Mobile Unit)
“It is, primarily, a mobile breath testing unit” says North District Traffic Services Staff Sergeant Pat McTiernan. No longer will an officer have to take a suspected impaired driver back to the detachment to administer the breathalizer, it can all be done in the comfort of the mobile unit. The unit is also equipped to handle drug impairment testing.
The unit cost more than $440 thousand dollars, with $300 thousand of those dollars raised by the Middelaers, the family devastated by the death of their 4 year old daughter Alexa.
From the custom license plate ‘4 ALEXA’ to the purple paint job ( Alexa’s favourite colour) and a touching image on the back of the unit, Alexa’s story is evident.
Four year old Alexa Middelaer was at the side of the road, feeding a horse, when she was killed by a drunk driver. An image on the back of the bus replicates that final moment for Alexa, although artistic license had a police officer added to the scene. ( see image below left)
The “Police Road Safety Unit” will be in Prince George for the duration of the Canada Winter Games, but it is not part of the Policing plan for the Games.
“We hope to have this unit available to be at major events throughout B.C.,” says Staff Sergeant McTiernan “We brought it here for its inaugurational run in North District, it is here as a poster that it is available to North District, that we will have it at events like the Williams Lake Stampede, it will be here during the Canada Winter Games, it will be here as an educational piece and it will be working throughout the Games as well with our personnel.”
The educational opportunity includes video screens where anti-drunk driving messages can be shown.
“The beauty of this unit is that it is mobile, it will be moving around the area with the North District Traffic Unit” says McTiernan.