Will Funk is an expert instructor for Safety Research Consultants, Inc., (SRC) who started his career in law enforcement in 1985. He worked as a deputy with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department in Southern California in traffic enforcement and investigations, as a full-time member of the department’s major accident reconstruction team, and for eight years as the traffic safety programs coordinator. In addition, he is an instructor at the Orange County Sheriff’s Training Division through the Rancho Santiago Community College District, training students in courses including basic and intermediate traffic collision investigation, criminal law, and impaired driving detection. He also instructs traffic classes through Oregon’s Department of Public Safety Standards and Training.
As the traffic safety programs coordinator, Funk worked with numerous groups—including teen drivers and their parents, fleet drivers and government agencies—to help reduce traffic collisions, injuries and fatalities. “It was very satisfying during this time to be part of traffic safety efforts that resulted in saving lives,” he said. “Improved traffic safety is something that benefits everyone. We all use our highways, and therefore every one of us is at risk from road hazards.”
He tells his own family: “When driving, focus on driving. Be present. When you are behind the wheel, it’s not the time to be distracted by technology, passengers or other less important items.”
Funk is a Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) advanced instructor, and has logged over 600 hours and Training in traffic collision investigation and reconstruction and traffic safety programs. He has been recognized with the California Office of Traffic Safety Award (2008), California State Mothers Against Drunk Driving Recognition (2008), Mission Viejo Elks Lodge Meritorious Service Award (2000), California State Mothers Against Drunk Driving Commendation (1998), Orange County Mothers Against Drunk Driving Volunteer Award (1998), and Mission Viejo Elks Lodge Meritorious Service Award (1997).