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Governors Traffic Safety Committee
Law Enforcement Liaison Report


February 2016 Law Enforcement Liaison Report
Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC)
By Dominick Macherone

“2016 New York & National Law Enforcement Challenge Competitions: It’s time to start thinking and preparing for the New York Law Enforcement Challenge (NYLEC) & National Law Enforcement Challenge (NLEC) competitions. The Challenge application and How-To-Guide is available for download from the NLEC website at www.theiacp.org/NLEC and will enter your agency in both competitions. The single submission streamlines the application process by eliminating the need to complete separate proposals. In addition to the How-To-Guide other resource materials that include model applications are also available on the website and provides useful tools to assist you. 2016 applications and all supporting documentation should be submitted via email to nlec@theiacp.org no later than Monday, May 2, 2016. The New York Challenge continues to be an excellent opportunity for your agency to receive recognition as a leader in traffic safety enforcement and education. The NY Law Enforcement Challenge Awards Recognition Ceremony will take place at the 2016 Annual NY Highway Safety Symposium, October 16-19, 2016 at the Crowne Plaza in Lake Placid, NY. For assistance contact Liaison Nick Macherone, Challenge Coordinator.  

“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 February 9, 2016 from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (EST) will feature a presentation on “Masking of Commercial Motor Vehicle Convictions: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You”. This webinar will discuss the federal regulations that prohibit certain kinds of dispositions--specifically diversion programs--for defendants who hold commercial driver's licenses. Persistent masking violations can result in millions of dollars in federal highway funds being withheld from a state. Peter Odom, a Senior Attorney at the National Traffic Law Center, will explain the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations surrounding CDL holders and the special considerations prosecutors, judges, and court administrators need to give to this class of defendant.

There is no charge to attend this webinar, but you must register in advance. Click here to register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6559355789297421058.

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. Please make sure you retain the confirmation email sent to you; the confirmation email will come from TSRP webinars (customercare@gotowebinar.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. If you have any questions or need any assistance registering for the webinar, please feel free to contact me at Susan.Glass@mops.mo.gov or at 573-751-1629. 

“2016 Super Bowl STOP-DWI Enforcement Crackdown - Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over: The 2016 Super Bowl STOP-DWI Enforcement Crackdown period will take place February 5th – 8th.  Start planning for this enforcement mobilization by visiting NHTSA’s Traffic Safety Marketing page at http://www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov, a one-stop-shop for the latest communications news, campaign materials and marketing techniques to maximize your high visibility enforcement efforts. Research shows that high-visibility enforcement can reduce alcohol-related crash fatalities by as much as 20 percent.  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.

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“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 .

Upcoming Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Training for Law Enforcement Courses: Plans are underway by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee and other state and federal partners to host two regional pedestrian and bicycle safety training programs exclusively for law enforcement agencies. Trainings will take place on March 28 & 29th at the Suffolk County Police Academy in Brentwood, NY, and on March 31th & April 1st at the Solvay Volunteer Fire Department located at 1925 Milton Ave, Solvay, NY 13209. The two-day training program is taught by a nationally recognized pedestrian and bicycle safety instructor and subject matter expert with a background in law enforcement. The course will focus on pedestrian and bicycle crashes and safety issues, and implementation of effective education and enforcement countermeasures. Stay tuned for the posting and distribution of these training announcements. For additional information on the program, contact GTSC Program Representative Jim Knapp at James.Knapp@dmv.ny.gov, or Liaison Nick Macherone at Dominick.macherone@dmv.ny.gov , or at GTSC @ 518.474-5111.

 “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. Over the last four years 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 (ESLETS) - April 21 & 22, 2016: The Empire State Law Enforcement Traffic Safety Conference (ESLETS) is scheduled for April 21 & 22, 2016 at the Radisson Hotel-Riverside, 120 East Main Street, Rochester, NY, 14604. This is the only traffic safety conference of its kind in the state: designed by law enforcement - for law enforcement. Law enforcement officers will be provided with training, skills and knowledge to address contemporary highway safety issues and challenges. Conference registration and hotel reservation 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/ESLETS)

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.