Governors Traffic Safety Committee
December 2013 Law Enforcement Liaison Report
Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC)
By Dominick Macherone
“2013 Holiday Season Impaired Driving Enforcement Crackdown – Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”: The Holiday Season Impaired Driving Enforcement Crackdown will take place December 13, 2013 through January 1, 2014. In preparing for this initiative visit the NHTSA Traffic Safety Marketing website at http://www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov/HolidaySeason2013, a one-stop-shop for the latest communications news, campaign materials, and marketing techniques to maximize your high visibility enforcement efforts. Additional resource materials to support your activities are also posted on the Traffic Programs Page of our NYSACOP web site at
http://www.nychiefs.org/impaired_driving_enforcement.php. The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee and the NYS Association of Chiefs of Police join in commending the ongoing work and efforts by law enforcement who each day serve on the frontline in combating and deterring drunk and impaired driving offenses.
“Transition to the New York State Grants Gateway”: Beginning January 1, 2014, State agency funding opportunities will be posted on the Grants Gateway for online application. This will include all future highway safety grants sponsored by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. In the time leading up to this exciting transition, it is essential that you register with the Grants Gateway and create an account that will provide you full access to the system. For guidance on Registration and Online Application processes visit the Videos tab and the Grantee User Guide in Quick Links. In the future, as you browse or search for opportunities on the Gateway, pay special attention to the funding announcement. Opportunities specifying “Download” will be applied for using familiar existing processes. Any opportunity bearing the “Apply for Grant Opportunity” button will be processed online via the Grants Gateway. If you have not yet registered (or, as a not-for-profit, prequalified), please do so immediately. The link to the Grants Gateway is: http://grantsreform.ny.gov/Grantees.
“Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) Trainings for Police Officers- Cortland Regional Training Center, Cortland, NY, 1/7 & 1/8/ 2014 & Dulles State Office Building, Watertown, NY, 1/28 & 1/29/2014” : The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee is hosting two Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) Training Programs for Police Officers. The first training will be held at the Cortland Regional Training Center, 999 State Route 13, Cortland, NY, 13045 on Tuesday and Wednesday, 1/7/ & 1/8/2014; the second training is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, 1/28 & 1/29/2014 at the Dulles State Office Building , 317 Washington Street, Watertown, NY, 13601. Both trainings are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This 16 hour course bridges the gap between SFST and DRE Courses and will train law enforcement officers to observe, identify and articulate the signs of impairment related to drugs, alcohol, or combination of both, in order to reduce the number of impaired driving incidents as well as crashes resulting in serious injuries and fatalities. To register for either class go to: http://safeny.ny.gov/DRE/dre-clas.htm.
“2013 National Law Enforcement Challenge Revision -Impact on the New York Law Enforcement Challenge”: Last year the IACP National Law Enforcement Challenge rolled out its new on-line application. New York and other states with Challenge programs decided to use the same on-line application for both competitions to streamline the process. During this transition many applicant agencies worked through the new and sometimes difficult technical issues using the on-line system. Most recently State Challenge Coordinators across the country received notification of additional revisions to the Challenge application by the IACP relating to its format, traffic safety priority areas, scoring criteria, and changes to the categories for competing agencies for the upcoming year. At this time, however, the revised on-line Challenge application for 2013 has not been released but the new Step-by-Step Guide to Completing the Law Enforcement Challenge Application explaining these changes is posted on the IACP website and we encourage agencies to review the new guidelines. The following is the link to the Guide: http://www.theiacp.org/Portals/0/pdfs/NLECHowToGuide.pdf. In the meantime we appreciate your patience and understanding as we move forward to determine the impact of these changes to this year’s New York Law Enforcement Challenge program and promise to keep you informed on our decision to address these evolving issues. Despite the challenges of learning a new system and possibly a new timeline, the Law Enforcement Challenge continues to be an important traffic safety evaluation program. For those who have participated previously we urge you to continue. If your agency has not competed in the past, we encourage you to participate. While we await further details for online submissions, agencies can still prepare by downloading the guide, ensuring that certain policies are in place, collecting data in the appropriate categories, and providing certain public information and education as part of their traffic safety programs. Please feel free to contact NYSACOP Liaison Nick Macherone, New York’s Challenge Coordinator, with any questions you may have or to share your concerns.
“Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS)”: DDACTS is a proven operational model that integrates community-based collaboration with analysis of location-based crime and traffic crash data to determine how to effectively deploy resources. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in cooperation with GTSC has hosted a series of regional workshops across the state and is considering holding another for interested law enforcement agencies in early 2014. To learn more about DDACTS and the workshops contact Liaison Nick Macherone at 518.474-4935 or at email@example.com.
“Save-the-Date - Empire State Law Enforcement Traffic Safety Conference - April 8 & 9, 2014”: The Empire State Law Enforcement Traffic Safety Conference (ESLETS) will be held on April 8 & 9, 2014 at the Albany Marriot Hotel on Wolf Road, Albany, NY. This is the only traffic safety conference of its kind in the state: designed by law enforcement - for law enforcement. The conference and registration is free and additional information will soon be posted on the GTSC (www.safeny.ny.gov), NYSACOP (www.nychiefs.org), and the New York State Police (www.troopers.ny.gov) websites.
“Save-the-Date – Walk-Bike New York Symposium…Encouraging Sustainable Movement - Crowne Plaza, Suffern, NY - May 21 & 22, 2014”: The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, NYS Department of Health, and the Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research, in conjunction with the NYS Association of Chiefs of Police and other state and federal partners, will host a two-day symposium that will provide participants with the tools to work together to create walkable and bikeable communities in New York State. Registration information is posted under Events on the Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research (ITSMR) web site at www.itsmr.org.
As your Liaison I can be reached at 518.474-4935 or at Dominick.Macherone@dmv.ny.gov.
Our Traffic Programs Section on this website has additional information.