Governors Traffic Safety Committee
November 2015 Law Enforcement Liaison Report
Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC)
By Dominick Macherone
“National Drowsy Driving Prevent Week - November 2- 8, 2015”: With the end of Daylight Saving Time on Sunday November 1st, the clock ‘falls back’ and we gain an hour of sleep. However, like jet lag, this time change can suddenly disrupt your sleep patterns. This is why law enforcement is partnering with the New York Partnership Against Drowsy Driving (NYPDD) to remind motorists to Stay Awake! Stay Alive! during Drowsy Driving Prevention Week. The awareness campaign alerts drivers to the dangers of driving while drowsy. Please join us in spreading the word to motorists reminding them to not to risk the trip without adequate sleep. These crashes are preventable and don’t put yourself or others in danger. For more information on Drowsy Driving visit the National Sleep Foundation website at www.sleepfoundation.org or NYS DOH at https://www.health.ny.gov/prevention/injury_prevention/driving_drowsy.htm.
“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 on November 10th from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (EST) will feature a presentation on “Checking out Checkpoints”. For states that allow checkpoints these effective high visibility deterrence models have begun to run into practical challenges rather than legal ones. The question is asked, “When can I break the window?” We will look at the legal basis and then the practical application of checkpoints. When a motorist tries to put up a placard and refuses to open his window or cooperate, officers will know what to do and prosecutors will know how to handle it too! The webinar presenter will be our good friend Joseph A McCormack, Esq., New York’s Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor and Chief of the Vehicular Crimes Bureau of the Bronx District Attorney’s Office.
There is no charge to attend this webinar, but space is limited. Click here to register:
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“Congratulations – 2015 New York & National Law Enforcement Challenge Winners”: The Law Enforcement Challenge annually recognizes outstanding performance by law enforcement agencies for their contributions, innovation and excellence in traffic safety programs. We wish to offer our congratulations this year to the Town of Brighton P.D., Town of Manlius P.D., New York State University Police at Oswego, Cornell University Police, and the New York State Police who were recognized as New York Law Enforcement Challenge winning agencies at this year’s Awards Recognition Ceremony held on October 20th at the Fall Highway Safety Symposium in Binghamton, NY. Other participating Law Enforcement Challenge agencies receiving recognition at the Symposium were the Albany County Sheriff’s Office, City of Oswego P.D. and the Rockland County Sheriff’s Office. We are also proud to announce that three of our winning agencies were also chosen as winners in the National Law Enforcement Challenge competition and received their awards on October 27th at the IACP Highway Safety Awards Breakfast in Chicago, Illinois. They are the New York State Police, NYS University Police at Oswego, and the Cornell University Police. Visit the Traffic Programs Page of the NYSACOP website for photos of the award winners and more information about the Challenge.
“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 on the Department of Health 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 are also available on the NYSACOP website, with printed copies also available for distribution. The September 2015 Chief’s Chronicle publication features an article by the NYS Department of Health on this project describing the key role law enforcement plays in addressing this important traffic safety issue.
“2015 NYS STOP-DWI Thanksgiving Enforcement Crackdown”: The statewide STOP-DWI Thanksgiving Crackdown period will take place November 25 –29, 2015 and we need your participation to make it 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. 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 saving more lives on our roadways. Additional resource materials are also available on the NYSACOP website and Traffic Programs Page at www.nychiefs.org.
“STOP-DWI NEW YORK Mobile App – Have A Plan”: The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee and representatives from the New York STOP-DWI Foundation wish to remind all of our partners of the release of its 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 agencies to promote and market this free program in your communities. To download the app, simply visit www.stopdwi.org/mobileapp .
“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.
“Save-the-Date - Empire State Law Enforcement Traffic Safety Conference - April 21 & 22, 2016”: The Empire State Law Enforcement Traffic Safety Conference (ESLETS) is tentatively scheduled for April 21 & 22, 2016 in the Rochester area. This is the only traffic safety conference of its kind in the state: designed by law enforcement - for law enforcement. Once the training conference location and date is confirmed, conference registration information will be posted on the GTSC (www.safeny.ny.gov), NYSACOP (www.nychiefs.org), and the New York State Police (www.troopers.ny.gov) websites.
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.