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Governors Traffic Safety Committee
Law Enforcement Liaison Report

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

“2014 Holiday Season Impaired Driving Enforcement Crackdown – Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”: For many Americans "holiday cheer" involves consuming alcohol at parties and holiday events. So it comes as no surprise that there's a spike in drunk driving crashes each December.  Due to the increase in drunk-driving-related fatalities around the holidays each year, it is imperative that law enforcement agencies across America be out in force December 12-January 1, 2015-actively searching for drunk drivers. To assist law enforcement in their prevention and enforcement efforts during the holiday season NTHSA has developed  marketing tools that can be distributed to fit your local needs and objectives while, at the same time, partnering with other States, communities, and traffic safety organizations on this drunk driving prevention initiative.  For more information regarding the campaign marketing tool please visit:  http://www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov/HolidaySeason. Additional resource materials are also available on the NYSACOP website and Traffic Programs page at www.nychiefs.org.     

“National Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutors (TSRP) Webinar Series – Traffic Tuesdays”:  We are pleased to announce that our National TSRP partners have rolled out a new webinar training initiative entitled Traffic Tuesdays.  Each month, on the second Tuesday of the month, a webinar will be presented dealing with new or important issues related to traffic safety. Join us for "Unmasking CDL Convictions," a webinar that will be held on Tuesday, December 9, from 3:00-4:00 pm.  It will be presented by Kristen Shea, a Senior Attorney with the National Traffic Law Center. The below registration link provides a brief description of the webinar content.

There is no cost to participate in this webinar, but space is limited.  Click here to register:

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.  Also, please make sure you retain the confirmation email sent to you.  The confirmation email will come from gotowebinars@citrixonline.com.  Please 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 in registering for this webinar, please feel free to contact Susan.Glass@mops.mo.gov or at 573-751-1629.

Stay-tuned for the posting this webinar series on our NYSACOP website with the tentative schedule of future Traffic Tuesdays webinars.

“New Commercial Motor Vehicle Awareness Training”: In September of 2014 GTSC introduced its new one-day Commercial Motor Vehicle Awareness Training program for law enforcement.  The purpose this awareness training is to provide the patrol officer with basic tools, resources, safety, and enforcement information for handling accidents and traffic violations involving commercial motor vehicles in an effort to reduce the number of large truck and bus related crashes. The training is taught by certified CMV officers, with additional programs planned for locations where data shows that large truck and bus crashes are overrepresented in these regions.   Stay tuned for the announcement of future training dates and locations; contact NYSACOP Liaison Nick Macherone for additional information on this program.  

“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 addressing traffic crashes and crime simultaneously, thus reducing overall social harm. Since 2011 a series of DDACTS 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. To learn more about DDACTS and the workshops contact NYSACOP Liaison Nick Macherone.

Save-the-Date - Empire State Law Enforcement Traffic Safety Conference - April 30th & May 1st, 2015: The Empire State Law Enforcement Traffic Safety Conference (ESLETS) will be held on April 30 & May 1, 2015 at the Syracuse Double Tree by Hilton in East Syracuse, NY.  This is the only traffic safety conference of its kind in the state: designed by law enforcement - for law enforcement. The conference and registration is free and additional information will soon be posted on the GTSC (www.safeny.ny.gov), NYSACOP (www.nychiefs.org), and the New York State Police (www.troopers.ny.gov) websites.

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.