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

“THANK YOU - Operation Safe Stop Education and Enforcement Day & No Empty Chairs-Teen Driving Safety Campaign”: We wish to extend our thanks and appreciation to all law enforcement agencies across the state for their support and participation in the Operation Safe Stop Education & Enforcement Day on April 16th and also in the new No Empty Chairs – Teen Driving Safety Campaign the week of April 20-24. As a reminder the OSS Reporting Form to report your activity is located on the Law Enforcement Partners’ Page of the GTSC website at http://www.safeny.ny.gov/lawEnf.htm and is due April 30th.

“Motorcycle Safety & Awareness Month Press Event: On Thursday May 7th at 11:00 a.m. the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee in cooperation with the Motorcycle Safety Foundation and Dutchess County Traffic Safety Board will host a press event to help promote awareness about motorcycle safety. The press conference will be held at the SmartRider Motorcycle Safety Program, Inc. training facility located at 225 Manchester Road in the Town of Poughkeepsie, NY. Law enforcement agencies and traffic safety partners are invited to join with us to kick-off and support this May Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month initiative; contact Program Representative Sharon Henderson or Law Enforcement Liaison Nick Macherone at GTC if your agency plans to attend. Also visit the NHTSA Traffic Safety Marketing page at http://www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov/ShareTheRoad to help spread the word about increasing motorcyclists’ safety and to enhance your motorcycle safety awareness programs.   

“National Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutors (TSRP) Webinar Series – Traffic Tuesdays”:  As part of an ongoing TSRP Webinar training initiative entitled Traffic Tuesdays, the next scheduled webinar in the series on May 12th from 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (EDT) will feature a presentation on Properly Preserving Cell Phone and Mobile Device Evidence in Traffic Crashes”.  This webinar will focus on the basic functions of how a cell phone works and the information officers can retrieve to help prove or disprove a case. Basic methods and techniques will be shown on how these devices should be handled to preserve the data available for review on the device which has been seized. What the retrieved data means to your investigation and how you should expect the results will also be covered. The webinar will discuss "tips and tricks" on how to use this data to achieve the results you desire. Lastly, the impact of the recent United States Supreme Court decision of Riley v. California will be discussed.
Go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7847115894925236993 to register for this free webinar. 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 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 this webinar at Susan.Glass@mops.mo.gov or at 573-751-1629.

“2015 New York Law Enforcement Challenge: Many thanks and best wishes to the agencies that submitted applications to compete in this year’s New York and National Law Enforcement Challenge Programs. A Challenge Awards Recognition Ceremony for winning and participating departments will be held during the New York Highway Safety Fall Symposium, October 18-21, 2015 at the Double Tree by Hilton in Binghamton, NY.  We hope you will be joining us there!

“Commercial Motor Vehicle Awareness Training at the Erie County Law Enforcement Training Academy, May 6, 2015”: In the fall of 2014 GTSC in partnership with the Suffolk County Police Department Highway Patrol Bureau’s Motor Carrier Safety Unit 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 program is instructed by certified CMV officers and takes place in select regions of the state where data shows that large truck and bus crashes are overrepresented.  The next scheduled training class will take place on May 6th from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Erie County Law Enforcement Training Academy in Williamsville, NY.  For a copy of the training announcement that includes an online Survey Monkey registration link, CLICK HERE; also feel free to contact NYSACOP Law Enforcement Liaison Nick Macherone for additional information and details on this program.   

“GTSC eGRANTS”: The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee has announced and posted the on-line eGrants applications for FFY 2016 on its website at http://www.safeny.ny.gov . We invite the highway safety community and our grant partners to participate in the federal highway safety grant program. This year GTSC will fund the following grant programs:

  • Police Traffic Services (PTS) - The Federal Fiscal Year 2016 Police Traffic Services (PTS) grant program will provide funding to law enforcement agencies to conduct traffic enforcement. In addition to having a current mandatory seat belt use policy in place for police officers of the department, participation in the national Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement mobilization is required. This program will also fund agencies to conduct traffic enforcement details based on the crash data of their local patrol area with the goal of impacting motorist behavior and improving traffic safety within their communities.
  • Child Passenger Safety (CPS) -These grants will continue to support child passenger safety activities: fitting stations, training and education programs, child passenger safety check events and car seat distribution programs for low income families.
  • General Highway Safety Grants (HS1) - The highway safety grant application for local, state, and not-for-profits is available to apply for funding to address a particular highway safety problem in their jurisdiction. This proposal requires that the applicant submit a narrative outline of the problem with supporting data, details of the proposed activities with milestones and an evaluation plan.
  • All grants are due no later than May 15, 2015.  Contact your GTSC Program Representative at (518) 474-5111 if you need assistance with your highway safety grant application or for help in navigating in the eGrantssystem

2015 Buckle Up New York - Click It or Ticket Enforcement Mobilization”: The statewide Buckle Up New York – Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization targeting Day & Night safety belt use takes place May 18 – 31, 2015.  A press event to kick-off the 14-day enforcement mobilization will take place on Friday, May 15th at 11:00 a.m. in cooperation with the New York State Police/Troop C at the Gateway West Rest Area on Interstate 81. Law enforcement agencies in Broome County are invited to join with us to offer support for this high visibility enforcement campaign.  Begin planning for this mobilization by visiting NHTSA’s Traffic Safety Marketing page at http://www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov/CIOT-PEAK, a one-stop-shop for the latest communications news, campaign materials, and marketing techniques to maximize your high visibility seat belt enforcement efforts. Additional resource materials are also available on the Traffic Programs page of the NYSACOP website at www.nychiefs.org.   On the opening day of the BUNY-CIOT enforcement mobilization we will again look to our New York law enforcement agencies that share or are near borders of neighboring states to once again participate in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Click It or Ticket - Border-To-Border Initiativethat will take place during the early evening hours of the mobilization on May 18th from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The purpose of the Border-To-Border Initiative is to bolster law enforcement exposure and participation in the mobilization through a nationwide law enforcement community partnership, and to also increase earned media attention to our continued Click It or Ticket high visibility enforcement efforts. The neighboring states of Vermont, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania will be participating as will other states along the eastern seaboard on interstates and highways to demonstrated state-to-state enforcement unity with the increased presence at border locations.  It is anticipated that the Ontario Provincial Police and Surete Du Quebec Police will also be supporting this effort at several international crossings into New York. This collaborative high visibility, zero tolerance enforcement initiative serves to remind the public that occupant restraint use is a priority for law enforcement in every state. Learn more about this collaborative campaign and how to team-up at designated locations across the state with the New York State Police and other law enforcement agencies by contacting NYSACOP Liaison Nick Macherone.

IMPORTANT REMINDER!! - The May Buckle Up New York – Click It or Ticket Enforcement Mobilization is a required element of all Police Traffic Services grants that will impact grantee reimbursement if your agency fails to actively participate during the mobilization period, May 18-31, 2015.

“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. Learn more about DDACTS and the workshops by contacting Law Enforcement Liaison Nick Macherone.

As your Liaison I can be reached at 518.474-4935 or at Dominick.Macherone@dmv.ny.gov.   

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