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Governors Traffic Safety Committee
Law Enforcement Liaison Report

May 2014 Law Enforcement Liaison Report
Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC)
By Dominick Macherone

“New York Law Enforcement Challenge Application”: The combined New York/National Law Enforcement Challenge application is open with the deadline for submissions extended to May 9, 2014.  This single online application will be used to enter your agency into both the New York and National Law Enforcement Challenge competitions. The website has been updated to provide agencies with information on how to develop your submission and how to apply using the online system. The “How To” Guide and a list of the Submission Disclosure Questions can all be found at the IACP NLEC webpage <http://www.theiacp.org/nlec>.  Also learn more on how to submit your application by watching the Webinar Online.  For assistance or questions in the application process contact Liaison Nick Macherone, State Coordinator for the New York Challenge program at 518.474-4935 or dominick.macherone@dmv.ny.gov.  

“GTSC eGRANTS”: The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee has announced and posted the on-line eGrants applications for FFY 2015 on its website at 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 2015 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 to be eligible. 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 jurisdiction.
  • 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 agencies or for state agencies 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 15th.  Contact your GTSC Program Representative at (518) 474-5111 if you need assistance with your highway safety grant application or for help navigating in the eGrantssystem.

“Motorcycle Safety & Awareness Month Press Event: On Thursday May 8th Commissioner Barbara Fiala of the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee will host a press event to help promote awareness about motorcycle safety. The press conference begins at 1:00 p.m. and will be held at the First Motorcycle Safety Program training facility at the Shopping Town Mall, 3649 Erie Blvd. E, DeWitt, NY 13214.  Law enforcement agencies and traffic safety partners are invited to join with us to kick-off and support May Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.  Please contact Liaison Nick Macherone if your agency plans to send a representative. 
2014 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 19th thru June 1st.  A press event to kick-off the 14-day enforcement mobilization will take place on Thursday, May 15th at 11:00 a.m. at the New York State Police Troop L - Zone 2 Station located at 800 Crooked Hill Road, Brentwood, NY  11717.  Law enforcement agencies from Suffolk County are invited to join with us to offer support for this high visibility enforcement campaign.  Begin planning for this mobilization and visit NHTSA’s Traffic Safety Marketing page at http://www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov/CIOT2014 , 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 website and Traffic Programs page at www.nychiefs.org.   We also look to our New York law enforcement agencies that share or are near borders of neighboring states to once again participate in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Click It or Ticket - Border-To-Border Initiativethat will take place during the early evening hours of the mobilization on May 19th from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The neighboring states of Vermont, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania will be participating as will six other states along the eastern seaboard on interstates and highways to demonstrated state-to-state enforcement unity with the increased presence at border locations.  It is anticipated that the Ontario Provincial Police and Surete Du Quebec Police will also be supporting this effort at several international crossings into New York. This collaborative high visibility, zero tolerance enforcement initiative will remind the public that occupant restraint use is a priority for law enforcement in every state. Learn more about this collaborative campaign 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 Liaison Nick Macherone.

“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 reducing traffic crashes and crime thus reducing overall social harm. Since 2011 a series of DDACTS implementation training 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 are committed to support additional workshops in 2014 for interested law enforcement agencies. To learn more about DDACTS and the workshops contact NYSACOP Liaison Nick Macherone.

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 (ITSMR), 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 and the preliminary agenda are posted under Events on the 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.