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I am a police officer who has a passion for community safety, crime prevention and a deep love of all things social media. I have been using social media for the past five years in my role with the police and have turned use that into a desire and passion for helping other law enforcement, police and government agencies realize the true value and benefit in the social media space.
I have lectured for safety organizations, conferences and symposiums on the use of social media, why it should be used and it why your community needs to hear your voice in the space. Feel free to contact me anytime.
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- RT @jaimestein: It turns out people don't really surf the web on their smartphones: ow.ly/ulQpN via @sai...and while walking the social media beat... 3 hours ago
- @LisaThornbury That's so cute...in a sad sort of way....and while walking the social media beat... 3 hours ago
- RT @DMayorKelly: Reminder: No subway service between Yonge-Bloor and St. Andrew Station this weekend. Shuttle buses will be in operation. #…...and while walking the social media beat... 3 hours ago
- Proof $100K # is outdated RT @torontonewsnow: Nearly 3,000 Toronto Police employees earned more than $100,000 in 2013 bit.ly/1lbRBmw...and while walking the social media beat... 3 hours ago
Not a social media post…just an ex-traffic guys rant.
Distracted Driving Fines to jump to $280 dollars!!
Oh be still my beating heart!!! The cost for putting lives at unnecessary risk for the convenience of “staying connected” will be $125 more than when the law was introduced. That is some serious inflation! Hang onto your wallets come March 18 folks.
I am sure this will change the behaviour of so many Ontario drivers that have learned how to hide their device, steer with their knees, text with one hand and many other creative ways to ensure they stay connected for that small period of time that they are driving. I mean, an extra $125 on the fine…people on mass will be saying, “Nope, it’s just not worth it anymore.” (Please see the sarcasm dripping from the corner of my mouth)
I truly do believe that this is a great step forward. Anything that adds to road safety is a benefit to all of us, but why stop at increasing the fine? Did you know that the minimum fine for driving without insurance is $5000? Do you know that there are still people who do that? Sit in a court room sometime and listen to the fines that the courts impose for that offence. $5000??? Not likely. So why will this be any different? People will tell the judge how sorry they are, that they only did it this one time and they have learned their lesson and the fine will be reduced…substantially in most cases.
As a friend pointed out on Facebook where I put this post originally, the fine itself is a cost of doing business for some people. Sales, real estate, brokers?? Do you think $280 bucks is worth the risk vs several thousands of dollars in gains? Of course it is. Do you think the wealthy people are really impacted by an extra $125 fine? Not nearly as bad as a low-income person…but isn’t the risk the EXACT same to both?
So let’s make it something that can’t be argued away…ADD POINTS TO THE FINE!! When did seatbelt compliance really take a noticeable turn for the positive? It wasn’t a fine increase…it was the addition of points to the fine.
Make it an offence to not have at least one hand on the wheel at all times when driving. No more BigMac and Whopper eating while driving. A coffee will still be ok as will a french fry or two, but the big meals behind the big wheel will be out.
Perhaps the government could see a financial gain in all of this. Add a new condition to the driver’s licence. Perhaps a new endorsement that signifies you have taken an advanced driving course and you are allowed to now drive and use a blue tooth device. Most people who have taken an advanced course realize how bad they are at basic driving and recognize a real driver focuses at the driving task…no others. You pay private driving schools for the course, then take your certificate to Service Ontario and pay a couple hundred bucks and voila, you are allowed to talk on the phone.
Make a driving education course that you can take online or in person to reduce your fine or remove demerit points after a charge. You get the benefit of a more educated driving core and make some money on it as well. Private licensed industry could offer the government designed / approved program. Take a look at Florida…they do it.
Why can’t you text at a red light? Simple…attention loss. Traffic (pedestrian, cyclist, other cars/trucks) change continuously. If you have your head buried in your lap you lose those changes. Then the car behind you honks…you look up, see your light green and hit the gas. What you missed is the cyclist or pedestrian right in front of you and bang!
Road safety is every one’s responsibility, so do your part and remember great drivers just drive.
Full article that accompanied the photo above. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/distracted-driving-fines-in-ontario-jump-to-280-1.2550396
A tweet from my friend @karimkanji caught my eye yesterday and at first glance I was a little surprised.
I’ve seen these posts before and I’ve used it myself to elicit responses for advice. I’ve talked to people who have also done this type of tweet admittedly to gain some attention. I couldn’t understand why Karim had a problem with it so, I asked.
ME - I look at what he was doing as a bit of an exercise of bringing attention to the upcoming budget speech by adding a “Looking for the public input” mask on it.How do you see it?KARIM - I don’t see it that way at all. Asking for public input into what he should wear is kinda silly. The direction of Canadian politics and economy is not silly. Wear whatever tie you want. I could care less. Ask me about my opinion on the budget and what should be funded, cut, downloaded to provinces and you’ll get a different response.ME - The big talk in social especially for governments and big business is to make themselves appear more “relatable” or personable with their online personas.Is that not what Mr Flaherty was doing with his “I need help” plea?KARIM - I think that’s probably what he’s hoping for. My guess – and it’s only a guess – is that he hopes to come off as relatable. But asking me which expensive tie he should wear is not relatable to me.ME - Have we come to a point in the social arena that we expect more from our elected and tax supported organizations than simply being out there? Should we expect planned and coordinated messaging that provides value?KARIM - I expect they behave (at least in social) more like Cory Booker and Naheed Nenshi. Be honest, don’t feed me bullshit, and engage.ME - What advice would you offer Mr.Flaherty for his social presence as an elected representative?KARIM – Stop trying so hard to be cute.Is there anything else that you would add or would like included?Maybe I’m just jaded by politicians but I wish they would behave like people who are privileged to serve the people and not as our over lords.
It should be noted that JimFlaherty has Tweeted a total of 56 times. The Tweet asking for tie advice was number 44. Prior to that, the last we really heard from the Minister of Finance was about this time last year when he was preparing for, you guessed it…the last budget.
Karim is exactly right…don’t give us crap…give us substance. Once you give us substance, then you can have fun and be cute because by that time, you’ve developed yourself, style and tone in the space.
Right now, it’s just slimy to Tweet one time yearly and to only promote one thing you do. I’m a fan and it bother’s me to see what could be getting wasted this way. That’s not how you build a following. You build it through consistency, being on point and most of being authentic. By the way…I would have gone with the other tie.
For those of you who don’t know Karim Kanji…I strongly suggest you take some time and get to know him. He is a digital strategist that is plugged in and knows what he is talking about. You can find him:
Originally posted on improving police:
During a twelve-day period of time, I will be posting daily one of the Twelve Principles of Quality Leadership followed by some questions you, as a leader, may wish to ask yourself.
Hopefully the description and inquiry will cause you to think about how you lead and what you may need to do to improve your leadership.
And don’t forget to post some commentary. It can be a learning process for us all.
There are moments of learning in every experience. We can always do better than we have done before.