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Governors Traffic Safety Committee
Law Enforcement Liaison Report


August 2015 Law Enforcement Liaison Report
Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC)
By Dominick Macherone

“Traffic Tuesdays-The National Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutors (TSRP) Webinar Series”:  As part of the ongoing TSRP Webinar training initiative entitled Traffic Tuesdays, the next scheduled webinar in the series on August 18th from 3:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m. (EDT) will feature a presentation on “The 7 Deadly Sins in the Impaired Driving Case”.  Driving sober is a virtue, yet impaired drivers continue to plague our nation’s highways. National arrest statistics reveal more than 10,000 people died in alcohol impaired driving crashes in 2013 – one every 51 minutes. In 51 minutes this webinar will explore lessons learned in the trenches from 7 real impaired driving prosecutions from the beginning of the investigation to the end of the courtroom trial. Wisdom will be imparted regarding the 7 deadly sins committed by impaired drivers and what we can do as law enforcement officers and prosecutors to better hold these offenders accountable. Please join us for an important hour worth of engaging instruction concerning fallen humanity’s tendency to drive impaired.
Go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1845608695814275074 to register for this free webinar.

After registering for the webinar you will receive a confirmation email containing instructions on how to join the webinar.  In order to make sure that you are able to log on, please register at least 4 hours in advance and make sure you retain the confirmation email sent to you. The confirmation email will come from gotowebinars@citrixonline.com; add this to your list of safe addresses so that it does not go to your spam or junk mail folder.  Also, please be careful to enter your email address correctly – you will not be able to join the webinar if you do not receive a confirmation email. Contact Susan Glass if you have questions or need assistance in registering for the webinar at Susan.Glass@mops.mo.gov or at 573-751-1629.

“2015 Drunk Driving National Enforcement Crackdown– Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over- August 21 – September 7, 2104”:  The ..Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over... Crackdown will take place August 21 – September 7, 2015 and needs your participation to be a success. Start planning for this mobilization by visiting NHTSA’s Traffic Safety Marketing page, a one-stop-shop for the latest communications news, campaign materials, and marketing techniques to maximize your high visibility enforcement efforts at http://www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov/LaborDayWeekend. Research shows that high-visibility enforcement can reduce alcohol-related crash fatalities by as much as 20 percent.  As law enforcement professionals and highway safety advocates, your efforts will help reduce the number of drunk drivers on the roads and save lives. By increasing State enforcement efforts, raising public awareness through paid, earned, and social media, and by maximizing your local resources, you can make a marked difference in our national campaign to save more lives on our roadways. So please join thousands of law enforcement officers, State and local safety advocates, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in this year's nationwide drunk driving crackdown campaign. Additional resource materials are also available on the NYSACOP website and Traffic Programs page at www.nychiefs.org.

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“STOP-DWI NEW YORK Mobile App – Have A Plan”:  During last year’s Labor Day Drunk Driving Enforcement Crackdown, the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee and representatives from the New York STOP-DWI Foundation proudly announced the release of its brand new, free “Have a Plan” mobile application. The app encourages people to have a plan to get home safely if they are impaired by alcohol or drugs. We encourage and look to our law enforcement partners to promote and market this free program in your communities. To download the app, simply visit www.stopdwi.org/mobileapp .

Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety for Law Enforcement Training Course”: The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee in cooperation with the Suffolk County Traffic Safety Board and other state and federal traffic safety partners is hosting a Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety training program exclusively for law enforcement agencies on September 1st and 2nd, 2015; training will take place at the Suffolk County Police Academy located at the Suffolk Community College Campus, 502 Wicks Road, Brentwood, NY 11717. GTSC strongly encourages departments to take advantage of this training opportunity that focuses on pedestrian and bicycle crashes, safety issues, and implementing effective educational and enforcement countermeasures. Seating for the training is limited so we encourage agencies to register officers at their earliest convenience once the registration information is available on GTSC & NYSACOP websites at www.safeny.ny.gov & www.nychiefs.org. Feel free to contact GTSC Program Representative Jennifer Hogan at Jennifer.hogan@dmv.ny.gov, or Liaison Nick Macherone at Dominick.macherone@dmv.ny.gov, or by phone at GTSC, 518.474-5111 with any questions about the training or the registration.

“Commercial Motor Vehicle Awareness Training – Westchester County Region-September 2015”: Plans are underway by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee to host the regional one-day Commercial Motor Vehicle Awareness Training class for police at the Westchester County Department of Public Safety Police Academy in Valhalla, NY. This will be in cooperation with the Suffolk County Police Department Highway Patrol Bureau’s Motor Carrier Safety Section and the NYS Department of Transportation’s Motor Carrier Compliance Bureau. Tentative dates under consideration are 9/22 – 9/24. The purpose of this awareness training is to provide law enforcement officers with the safety and enforcement information for handling crashes and traffic violations involving commercial motor vehicles and buses. Stay tuned for the release of the training announcement; contact Liaison Nick Macherone at dominick.macherone@dmv.ny.gov, or call 518.474-4935 for additional details.

“Data Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS)”: D-DACTS is a proven law enforcement operational model that integrates location-based crime and traffic crash data to determine the most effective and efficient methods for deploying law enforcement and other resources. The model affords communities the dual benefit of addressing traffic crashes and crime simultaneously, thus reducing overall social harm. Since 2011 a series of D-DACTS Implementation Workshops have been held across the state by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in cooperation with the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. NHTSA and GTSC remain committed in their support of additional workshops for interested law enforcement agencies. Learn more about DDACTS and the workshops by contacting Liaison Nick Macherone.

“2015 New York Highway Safety Annual Fall Symposium”: New York’s premier highway safety training Symposium will take place October 18 – 21, 2015 at the Doubletree by Hilton in Binghamton, NY.  The Fall Symposium is also the venue for the New York Law Enforcement Challenge Awards Recognition Ceremony. Registration information and the agenda are posted on the GTSC and Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research (ITSMR) websites at www.safeny.ny.gov and 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.