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Governors Traffic Safety Committee
Law Enforcement Liaison Report


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

Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety for Law Enforcement Training Course: Please be advised that the Pedestrian and Bicycle Law Enforcement Training class scheduled for September 1 & 2, 2015 at the Suffolk County Police Training Academy in Brentwood, NY has been canceled. The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee and its partners will reschedule this training in the very near future; contact Program Representative Jennifer Hogan at Jennifer.hogan@dmv.ny.gov, (518) 473-7786, or Liaison Nick Macherone at Dominick.macherone@dmv.ny.gov, (518) 474-4935, with any questions.

New Release - Graduated Driver Licensing Law Pocket Guide for Law Enforcement”: The Young Driver Team which included a working group of representatives from GTSC, DMV, NYS DOH, NYSP and NYSACOP, is pleased to announce the release and posting of the new GDL Law Pocket Guide for Law Enforcement; it is now available and posted on the DOH website at http://www.health.ny.gov/prevention/injury_prevention/teens.htm. These enforcement resource guides and pdf versions that outline the law in the three regions of the state will soon be posted on the NYSACOP website, with printed copies soon available for distribution. The September 2015 Chief’s Chronicle publication that is posted on our website at www.nychiefs.org also features a cover story article by the NYS Department of Health on this project, and the key role law enforcement plays in addressing this important traffic safety issue.    

“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 September 8th from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (EDT) will feature a presentation on “Turning the Sword Into a Shield: Using the NHTSA Manual to Cross Examine the Defense Expert”. If you've been prosecuting DWI cases for any length of time you have undoubtedly seen a defense attorney attack a police officer's administration of the standardized field sobriety tests. Sometimes defendants even hire former police officers or other self-appointed "experts" to analyze police reports and dash cam videos looking for any mistake in the SFSTs, no matter how slight. Cases can be lost when this type of testimony goes unchallenged.  What officers and prosecutors don't always realize is that there is a lot of good resource materials in the NHTSA manual that can be used to support the SFST testimony and, more importantly, to attack the defense expert's opinions about whether the tests were properly administered and how the results should be interpreted. Defendants like to use the NHTSA manual as a sword to cut holes in the state's case and avoid responsibility for their poor decisions and dangerous behavior. This webinar will show you how to use the manual as a shield to defend your officers and your impaired driving cases.
Go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7888731310193084162 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, 2015”:  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 .

“Commercial Motor Vehicle Awareness Training – Westchester County Region-September 22, 2015”: Registration for the one-day Commercial Motor Vehicle Awareness Training class scheduled for September 22nd at the Westchester County Department of Public Safety Police Academy in Valhalla, NY has been closed due to meeting the maximum class capacity of forty officers. With the overwhelming interest and response shown, plans are underway to host an additional class in this region in the near future. 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. Please contact Liaison Nick Macherone at dominick.macherone@dmv.ny.gov, or call 518.474-4935 for additional details, and to also be considered for the 9/22 class in the event of any openings.  

“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

Please visit the Traffic Programs Page on our website at www.nychiefs.org for additional resources and traffic safety information.  As your Liaison I look forward to assisting you and can be reached at 518.474-4935 or at Dominick.Macherone@dmv.ny.gov.

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.