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Governors Traffic Safety Committee
Law Enforcement Liaison Report

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

“April 2015 Distracted Driving Awareness Month & Enforcement Campaign”: New York State will be joining in the nation-wide observation of Distracted Driving Month by participating in the distracted driving enforcement campaign “UDrive. UText. UPay.” April 10 – 15, 2015.  We are asking all police agencies across the state to participate with high visibility, stepped-up cell phone and texting enforcement to coincide with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Distracted Driving Campaign.  Distracted driving enforcement (Cell Phone/ Electronic Device/Texting violations - V&TL Sections 1225-c and 1225-d) is an approved activity under the 2015 Police Traffic Services (PTS) grant agreement. You may charge officer overtime for distracted driving enforcement activities as your approved budget allows. In addition to the enforcement mobilization this effort will include a national media campaign. Visit the Law Enforcement Partners’ Page on the GTSC website at http://www.SafeNY.ny.gov/lawenf.htm for links to information on this mobilization and other enforcement topics. We look forward to your participation and support in this initiative, and please feel free to contact Law Enforcement Liaison Nick Macherone or your GTSC Program Representative with any questions.

“Operation Safe Stop Education and Enforcement Day (OSS) – April 16, 2015”: This statewide education and enforcement initiative will take place on Thursday, April 16, 2015. In addition to many local kick-off events taking place across the state, the New York Association for Pupil Transportation (NYAPT) will host its statewide press event on April 16th at 10:00 a.m. at the Ivan Green School, East Irondequoit Central School District, located at 800 Brown Road, Rochester, NY, 14622; school and transportation officials, along with representatives from the law enforcement and traffic safety communities will join NYAPT in support of this initiative. Your targeted efforts are the cornerstone of this special school bus safety enforcement program and participation is strongly encouraged as part of the GTSC Police Traffic Services (PTS) grant.
For those agencies who are working on their preparations, CLICK HERE for the 2015 Press Advisory that informs the media that there is an event upcoming and CLICK HERE for a DRAFT of a press release for this year that you can borrow from and adapt. The OSS Reporting Form to report your activity is located on the Law Enforcement Partners’ Page of the GTSC website at http://www.safeny.ny.gov/lawEnf.htm .

“No Empty Chairs” Teen Driving Safety Campaign – April 20 – 24, 2015: Each year thousands of high school students across New York State look forward to attending their prom and graduation ceremony. These memorable moments for parents, siblings, educators and the community become meaningless when a child dies in a car crash. Regrettably, this scenario happens all too often and law enforcement is tasked with making the difficult “knock on the door”.  In an effort to reduce these tragedies the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) launched “The Empty Chair” educational campaign in 2014. The theme is to symbolize the missing high school senior on graduation day.  To complement the ongoing teen driver educational efforts, GTSC is encouraging law enforcement to participate in a new "Empty Chair" Teen Driving Safety Initiative during the week of April 20 - 24, 2015.  Please consider assigning patrols to focus on a different traffic safety threat each day of the week. Dedicated overtime enforcement to address this initiative is reimbursable under your 2015 Police Traffic Services (PTS) grant. These targeted details should be conducted in the vicinity of high schools whenever possible on the following dates:

Monday, April 20, 2015 – Speeding in School Zones
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 – Seatbelts and Child Restraints
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 – Cell Phone Use and Texting
Thursday, April 23, 2015 – Graduated Driver License Provisions
Friday, April 24, 2015 – Underage Drinking and Impaired Driving

A key element to keeping teens safe is education. Law enforcement agencies that have School Resource Officers (SRO’s) or a presence at high schools within your jurisdiction are also encouraged to conduct outreach this week and throughout the prom and graduation season.  Educational materials are available at the GTSC Young Driver Toolkit website using the link http://www.safeny.ny.gov/SRO-Toolkit/default.html.  Posters for schools, law enforcement agencies and other areas that teens frequent are also available. Please enlist the support of school administrators, local traffic safety partners and other community stakeholders to raise awareness and help keep this year’s prom and graduation season enjoyable for teens and their families.

“National Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutors (TSRP) Webinar Series – Traffic Tuesdays”:  As part of an ongoing TSRP Webinar training initiative entitled Traffic Tuesdays, the next scheduled webinar in the series on April 14th from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (EST) will feature a presentation on “State to State Enforcement Issues”. This webinar will discuss issues that arise when DWI or other traffic violations cross state borders. When can a law enforcement officer pursue a suspect across state lines? Can an officer from one state arrest a suspect in another state? If a suspect is transported across state lines for medical treatment, can an officer still get a chemical sample for testing? How should he do this? Can a prosecutor subpoena the results of any testing done in the other state?
Go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/200000000028625322  to register for this free webinar. After registering 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 this webinar at Susan.Glass@mops.mo.gov or at 573-751-1629.

“2015 New York & National Law Enforcement Challenge Competitions: It’s time to consider and begin preparing for the New York Law Enforcement Challenge (NYLEC) & National Law Enforcement Challenge (NLEC) competitions. A new fillable PDF application is available for download from the NLEC website at www.theiacp.org/NLEC that will enter your agency in both competitions. The single submission streamlines the process by eliminating the need to complete separate applications. On the IACP website you will also find a How-To-Guide along with a variety of other resource materials and model applications to assist you. The PDF application and all supporting documentation should be submitted via email to nlec@theiacp.org no later than May 1, 2015. The Challenge continues to be an excellent opportunity for your agency to receive recognition as a leader in traffic safety enforcement and education. The New York Law Enforcement Challenge Awards Recognition Ceremony will be held at the Highway Safety Fall Symposium, October 18-21, 2015, at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Binghamton, NY. For assistance contact Law Enforcement Liaison Nick Macherone, Challenge Coordinator.  

“Commercial Motor Vehicle Awareness Training at the Erie County Law Enforcement Training Academy, May 6, 2015”: In the fall of 2014 GTSC in partnership with the Suffolk County Police Department Highway Patrol Bureau’s Motor Carrier Safety Unit introduced its new one-day Commercial Motor Vehicle Awareness Training program for law enforcement.  The purpose this awareness training is to provide the patrol officer with basic tools, resources, safety, and enforcement information for handling accidents and traffic violations involving commercial motor vehicles in an effort to reduce the number of large truck and bus related crashes. The training program is instructed by certified CMV officers and takes place in select regions of the state where data shows that large truck and bus crashes are overrepresented.  The next scheduled training class will take place on May 6th from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Erie County Law Enforcement Training Academy in Williamsville, NY.  For a copy of the training announcement that includes an online Survey Monkey registration link, CLICK HERE; also feel free to contact NYSACOP Law Enforcement Liaison Nick Macherone for additional information and details on this program.   

“GTSC eGRANTS”: The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee has announced and posted the on-line eGrants applications for FFY 2016 on its website at http://www.safeny.ny.gov . We invite the highway safety community and our grant partners to participate in the federal highway safety grant program. This year GTSC will fund the following grant programs:

  • Police Traffic Services (PTS) - The Federal Fiscal Year 2016 Police Traffic Services (PTS) grant program will provide funding to law enforcement agencies to conduct traffic enforcement. In addition to having a current mandatory seat belt use policy in place for police officers of the department, participation in the national Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement mobilization is required. This program will also fund agencies to conduct traffic enforcement details based on the crash data of their local patrol area with the goal of impacting motorist behavior and improving traffic safety within their communities.
  • Child Passenger Safety (CPS) -These grants will continue to support child passenger safety activities: fitting stations, training and education programs, child passenger safety check events and car seat distribution programs for low income families.
  • General Highway Safety Grants (HS1) - The highway safety grant application for local, state, and not-for-profits is available to apply for funding to address a particular highway safety problem in their jurisdiction. This proposal requires that the applicant submit a narrative outline of the problem with supporting data, details of the proposed activities with milestones and an evaluation plan.

All grants are due no later than May 15, 2015.  Contact your GTSC Program Representative at (518) 474-5111 if you need assistance with your highway safety grant application or for help in navigating in the eGrantssystem.

“Coming Soon…2015 Buckle Up New York - Click It or Ticket Enforcement Mobilization”: The statewide Buckle Up New York – Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization targeting Day & Night safety belt use takes place May 18th thru May 31st.  Begin planning for this initiative and visit NHTSA’s Traffic Safety Marketing at http://www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov/ciot2015, a one-stop-shop for the latest communications news, campaign materials, and marketing techniques to maximize your high visibility seat belt enforcement efforts. Additional resource materials are also available on the NYSACOP Traffic Programs page at www.nychiefs.org.
On the opening day of the BUNY-CIOT enforcement mobilization we will again look to our New York law enforcement agencies that share or are near borders of neighboring states to participate in the Border-To-Border Initiative during the early evening hours. The purpose of the Border-To-Border Initiative is to bolster law enforcement exposure and participation in the mobilization through a nationwide law enforcement community partnership, and to also increase earned media attention to our continued Click It or Ticket high visibility enforcement efforts. Additional information and details on the statewide Border-To-Border Initiative along with select locations being coordinated by the New York State Police will soon be released.  Also consider hosting your own Border-To-Border enforcement details in cooperation with other law enforcement agencies in your area at non-designated locations.  Learn more about this initiative and how to team up at designated locations across the state with the New York State Police and other law enforcement agencies by contacting NYSACOP Law Enforcement Liaison Nick Macherone.

IMPORTANT REMINDER!! : The May Buckle Up New York – Click It or Ticket Enforcement Mobilization is a required element of all Police Traffic Services grants that will impact grantee reimbursement if your agency fails to actively participate during the mobilization period.

“Data Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS)”: DDACTS is a proven operational model that integrates community-based collaboration with analysis of time and location-based crime and traffic crash data to establish effective and efficient methods for deploying law enforcement 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 DDACTS 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 Law Enforcement Liaison Nick Macherone.

Save-the-Date - Empire State Law Enforcement Traffic Safety Conference - April 30th & May 1st, 2015: The Empire State Law Enforcement Traffic Safety Conference (ESLETS) will be held on April 30 & May 1, 2015 at the Syracuse DoubleTree by Hilton in East Syracuse, 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 is posted on the GTSC (www.safeny.ny.gov), NYSACOP (www.nychiefs.org), and the New York State Police (www.troopers.ny.gov) websites.

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.