Sheriff's Office: Rules of the road
by Jim Ruth Bradley County Sheriff
Jul 28, 2013 | 856 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The grandson of a former neighbor just recently got his driver’s license learner’s permit. Grandpa knows that this boy has the tendency to act impulsively, so his elder told him about the rules of the road.

He even told the new driver how to respond to an emergency vehicle and how to act if a deputy or policeman pulls him over.

I have mentioned before the practicality of making a dry run through various scenarios with young people. They will respond most of the time just like you taught them. They will be prepared and will not panic at these times.

Our deputies have had people slam on their brakes in a middle traffic lane as they come upon a car with blue lights flashing, nearly causing a traffic crash.

Others have panicked and suddenly veered into the path of an emergency vehicle.

Talk to the new driver at least two or three times about this particular issue of dealing with emergencies.

Give some examples and encourage them to ask questions. Engage them in the “what if” game.

What if I get stopped for speeding, etc?

I have spoken of this a couple of times before, because it is important. People revert to their training when a crisis or emergency arises.

This teaching is very simple, but will serve the young person very well.

This little exercise can be applied to many of life’s situations.

How often do we hear of a small child helping save the life of a parent or grandparent, because of their having been taught how to call 911 for an ambulance, firefighter or deputy?

Young kids and young people are like sponges and they will soak it all up, even when you don’t think they are listening.

These teaching opportunities come from time to time and should be fully utilized.

This grandpa I am talking about also told his grandson to introduce himself to his high school’s school resource officer and get acquainted.

I would suggest the same thing when the opportunity presents itself. Get acquainted with a deputy and introduce the new driver as well.

Tell the deputy that you are teaching your child or grandchild how to interact with law enforcement, as well as to support all community keepers of the peace.

If you do not have a chance meeting with a deputy, call the Sheriff’s Office, ask for a supervisor and find out which deputy patrols your area.

Let the supervisor and deputy know that they are welcome to stop by your house or business at their convenience.

Too often our people are short-handed and stay very busy answering the many calls for service.

This additional service will have to be done when the volume of calls have subsided during that particular shift.

The better people know our deputies, the better the chance that a mutual cooperation will exist.

Mutual trust is built, and out of this comes a better community with top grade law enforcement.

Thanks again for reading.