Sheriff Recognizes Distracted Driver Awareness Month
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard County Sheriff // April 13, 2015
Weekly Crime Prevention Message
ABOVE VIDEO: Since April is designated as “National Distracted Driver Awareness” month Sheriff Wayne Ivey thought he would use this week’s Crime Prevention Message to remind everyone about the importance of Florida’s Move Over Law.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA — Since April is designated as “National Distracted Driver Awareness” month I thought we would use this week’s Crime Prevention Message to remind everyone about the importance of Florida’s Move Over Law.
The law requires drivers to safely Move Over or slow down when passing Public Safety Vehicles, Wrecker Drivers/Road Rangers, Sanitation Trucks, and all Utility Company Vehicles.
Statistics show that nearly one out of every four fatal work related injuries is a roadway incident.
In fact in 2013 there were over 100 multiple fatality incidents that took the lives of roadside workers or Public Safety Officers.
Florida ranks second in the country for workers killed in a roadside incident so it’s important for each of us to slow down and move over and to constantly keep our eyes on the road and not on a distraction.
It only takes a second to look away from the road and someone’s life and yours is changed forever.
As always thank you for sharing this important safety message with your family and friends and for helping us keep our community safe.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey has been a law enforcement officer for over three decades. Sheriff Ivey is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has a Bachelor’s Degree from Daytona State College in Management and Supervision. Sheriff Ivey’s background in law enforcement is inclusive of Management, Criminal Investigations, Narcotics, Patrol Services, Public Integrity Investigations, and Corrections.
Prior to being elected in 2012, Sheriff Ivey served the citizens of the State of Florida as a Resident Agent in Charge for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. As a member of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Sheriff Ivey developed and created the country’s first ever statewide Task Force on Identity Theft.
That same year the Task Force was named one of the top five most innovative programs in the country by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and investigated approximately 44 million dollars in fraud cases. Additionally, as a member of FDLE, Sheriff Ivey created the Child Abduction Response Team (C.A.R.T) that re-defined the way Child Abduction cases are conducted throughout the country today.
The program was later selected as the most innovative program in the country by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and is now used as a nationwide model in the response and investigation of child abductions.
Sheriff Ivey has testified before the United States Congress on law enforcement related matters and has extensive experience in the area of Public Integrity Investigations. Sheriff Ivey was honored as the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Special Agent of the Year (1996) and was also recognized by the Commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for his Outstanding Contributions to Criminal Justice. In August of 2011 Sheriff Ivey was honored by the National Organization of Victims Advocacy for his work at the national level as an advocate of victim’s rights and protection.
Sheriff Ivey speaks regularly on topics such as Identity Theft, Crime in America, Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence, and Self Defense through Mental Preparedness. Sheriff Ivey firmly believes that Crime Prevention and Education are vital to reduce our crime rate and protect our community.