Sheriff Wayne Ivey’s Weekly Crime Prevention Tip Focuses On Courtesy On the Roadways
By WAYNE IVEY, BREVARD SHERIFF // February 20, 2017
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – This past week I received a message from one of our citizens encouraging me to share with our community the importance of our citizens showing courtesy on our roadways as they drive throughout Brevard County.
The writer had a great point, so this week’s Crime Prevention Message is a simple message that most of us already know…”do to others as you would have them do to you!!”
Essentially, when we are driving to and from work, the grocery store, school or anywhere else show courtesy to other drivers and don’t be frustrated over little things that in the big picture don’t really matter in life. What really matters is that we are all safe, healthy, and enjoying life with our family and friends and that we have an amazing community where we all work together to have a great quality of life.
In the personal message to me the writer stated “the courtesies we show on the road translate to every-day courtesies in life. Forgiveness behind the wheel can deepen our respect for one another.” What a powerful and true statement that actually translates to our character and compassion for others!!
So as we get behind the wheel to head to work I challenge each of you to go out of your way to be courteous to other drivers on the roadway.
If someone makes a mistake, instead of getting angry and frustrated ask yourself if you have ever made a mistake and then once you admit you have, give the person a smile instead of some other type of gesture that we see way too often.
If you’re at a red light and the car ahead of you doesn’t realize the light has changed to green, instead of slamming on the horn, try a couple of short bursts to alert them that the light has changed and that you’re just giving them a courtesy notice instead of the “what the heck are you doing” horn blow.
Tomorrow and every day after that take it upon yourself to show another driver or pedestrian courtesy by signaling to them that they can go through a mutual intersection first or take it upon yourself to just smile or wave at someone beside you that you never met before. (Not the creepy smile though that makes them think your a stalker)
Remember…courtesy is contagious and it’s worth spreading!!
Have a great week everyone!
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.