BIO - David Corp is retired from the Kansas Highway
Patrol after 26 years of service. He worked as a Field Trooper, a KHP
Pilot and as an Instructor Development Specialist, training more than
15,000 officers in Standard Field Sobriety Test, Preliminary/Direct Breath
Testing and Drug Evaluation and Classification (DRE).
As the KDOT Law Enforcement Liaison, David's charge
will include the promotion of traffic safety programs and public information
resources available to Kansas law enforcement agencies. Additionally,
David will be visiting with law enforcement executives statewide emphasizing
enforcement of occupant protection, drunk driving and underage drinking
BIO - Terry Parks is retired from the Kansas Highway Patrol after 28 years of service. He served as a Trooper and Master Trooper during his career.
As a KDOT Law Enforcement Liaison, Terry's duties will include the promotion of traffic safety programs and public information resources available to Kansas law enforcement agencies. Additionally, Terry will be visiting with law enforcement officers in North Central and Western Kansas, emphasizing enforcement of occupant protection, drunk driving, and underage drinking laws.
BIO - Greg Scott is retired from the Olathe Police Department after 22 years with Olathe and 29 years of overall law enforcement service. Greg served as a Traffic officer for the Tacoma, Washington Police Dept. before working with the Olathe Police Department. During the last 9 years, he has supervised the Traffic Unit for the Olathe Police Department.
As a KDOT Law Enforcement Liaison, Greg is currently involved in assisting and advising police departments throughout the State of Kansas in forming and maintaining traffic programs to save lives and reduce injuries on Kansas roadways.
LAW ENFORCEMENT LIAISON’S MESSAGE
PAY IT FORWARD
Last spring, I was attending my niece’s high school graduation, and the keynote speaker inspired his audience by reminding everyone about the 2000 movie, Pay It Forward. In this movie, a 12 year old boy was challenged by his teacher to come up with a project that would change the world. The young man came up with the idea that if he did an act of kindness, the only thing he would ask in return is for the recipient do three acts of kindness and then ask their recipients to do three acts of kindness. One turns to three, three turns to nine, nine turns to twenty seven and … you get the idea. In the end, there were acts of kindness being done all over the world. You may be wondering what this movie has to do with traffic safety. Think about it; when someone is kind to you, doesn’t it make you feel more relaxed, and less confrontational towards others?
After the graduation, I was sitting in the parking lot waiting to pull out, when a lady showed an act of kindness by stopping to let me get into the flow of traffic. As I was traveling down the street, a vehicle in the passing lane in front of me turned on his turn signal, wanting to pull into my lane of traffic. I slowed down and let the gentleman into the lane. Again, this was an act of kindness; because the lady earlier had shown me kindness, I paid it forward. I can only hope the gentleman I showed an act of kindness did the same on down the road.
We are getting into the time of the year where life becomes hectic. Not only is school back into full swing, but we have economic worries, a presidential election, Thanksgiving, and Christmas to think about. It would be so easy to get so wrapped up in our everyday lives that we forget to slow down and perform those acts of kindness. Whether it is as simple as the lady that let me into the traffic flow, simply asking your passengers to buckle up, or as complex as getting the keys from an impaired driver, all are acts of kindness and have the potential of saving lives.
I hope each of you has a safe and happy holiday period, and remember: PAY IT FORWARD; you never know when your act of kindness may make a difference in preventing a crash and someone’s life could be spared.
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