VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 21, 2012) - MADD Canada is pleased to announce that RCMP Inspector Ted Emanuels, Officer in Charge, Lower Mainland District Traffic Services, has been awarded a 2012 Citizen of Distinction Award in honour of his dedication and efforts to reduce impaired driving.
The award, which recognizes individuals, groups or organizations that have made a major contribution to the anti-impaired driving movement in Canada, was presented to Inspector Emanuels at the British Columbia Association of Chiefs of Police General Meeting today.
"Police officers are among our most valued partners in our goal to stop impaired driving," said MADD Canada National President Denise Dubyk. "Inspector Emanuels' tireless efforts in this regard are an inspiration to all of us at MADD Canada and we are proud to present him with this award in recognition of all he has done to make our roads safer."
A police officer for 25 years, Inspector Emanuels has dedicated a large part of his career to ending impaired driving. He was among the leaders helping to educate the public about British Columbia's enhanced roadside prohibitions in 2010 and 2011.
In addition to his enforcement duties, he has been involved with numerous MADD Canada initiatives and was instrumental in bringing the Call 911 program to Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam and Port Moody.
Inspector Emanuels was also a driving force in the creation of Alexa's Team, a program that recognizes police officers who make an extraordinary contribution to reducing the number of impaired drivers on the roads in British Columbia. The program is named in honour of four-year-old Alexa Middelaer, who was killed by an impaired driver in 2008.
About MADD Canada
MADD Canada (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) is a national, charitable organization that is committed to stopping impaired driving and supporting the victims of this violent crime. With volunteer-driven groups in more than 100 communities across Canada, MADD Canada aims to offer support services to victims, heighten awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and save lives and prevent injuries on our roads.