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Listen as Gordon Graham offers a reminder to first responders that the public is always watching, even when the lights and sirens aren’t on

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Gordan Graham here with Today’s Tip from Lexipol.

Today’s Tip is for everyone in public safety. How many times have you seen someone committing traffic violations in a marked vehicle? Without the lights or siren activated? You know, speeding, not using turn signals, not wearing seatbelts. Texting while driving. How about emergency vehicles parked in a disabled parking space, a fire lane, or on the sidewalk near the front entrance of a business?

These are all things that citizens in your community have probably witnessed, reported, or discussed with others. Some citizens probably even received a citation for one of the same offenses they’ve witnessed public safety personnel committing.

Today, nearly everyone has a video camera in smartphone. What will happen when a video is posted online of someone at your agency setting bad example?

The public is always watching. They expect to see you driving safely and following the law.

Driving is part of our daily routine. Take it seriously. Be responsible. Drive with due care. It’s not complicated. Your department has a policy on vehicle operations. Follow it. Your state has traffic laws. Follow them.

Set the example. The world is watching. And that’s Today’s Tip from Lexipol. Until next time, Gordon Graham signing off.

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Gordon Graham has been actively involved in law enforcement since 1973. He spent nearly 10 years as a very active motorcycle officer while also attending Cal State Long Beach to achieve his teaching credential, USC to do his graduate work in Safety and Systems Management with an emphasis on Risk Management, and Western State University to obtain his law degree. In 1982 he was promoted to sergeant and also admitted to the California State Bar and immediately opened his law offices in Los Angeles.
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