Home iconicon contacticon facebookicon podcastsicon rss Icon sitemap

Governors Traffic Safety Committee
Law Enforcement Liaison Report


July 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 July 14th from 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (EDT) will feature a presentation on “Oral Fluid Testing in Impaired Driving Investigations”.  When an impaired driving suspect refuses or is unable to provide a breath sample for testing, the only option currently available to law enforcement officers in many states is to attempt to collect a blood sample. This can require them to secure a search warrant and find someone who is willing and able to draw the blood.  In many cases both of these things can be difficult and time consuming.  Oral fluid on the other hand can be collected by anyone with proper training, can be secured quickly, and can be collected with minimal intrusion to the suspect. This webinar will discuss the status of oral fluid testing and whether oral fluid has the potential to be a viable sample for chemical testing in impaired driving cases.
Go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6517167520043966465 to register for this free webinar.

A second TSRP webinar training session is scheduled for August 18th from 3:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m. (EDT) and will feature a presentation on “The 7 Deadly Impaired Drivers”.  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 each of these webinars 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 webinars if you do not receive a confirmation email. Contact Susan Glass if you have questions or need assistance in registering for these webinars at Susan.Glass@mops.mo.gov or at 573-751-1629.

“2015 Fourth of July STOP-DWI Enforcement Crackdown – July 3-6”: The NYS Fourth of July STOP-DWI Enforcement Crackdown period will take place July 3-6.  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 DWI enforcement efforts at http://www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov/july4th.  Additional resource materials are also available on the NYSACOP website and Traffic Programs page at www.nychiefs.org.

Stop DWI

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.

“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.