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Governors Traffic Safety Committee
Law Enforcement Liaison Report

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

“2015 St. Patrick’s Day STOP-DWI Enforcement Crackdown - Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over: The 2015 St. Patrick’s Day Enforcement Crackdown period will take place March 13 – 18, 2015. To assist law enforcement in their campaign prevention and enforcement efforts visit the NHTSA Traffic Safety Marketing website 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 activities.  Additional resource materials are also available on the NYSACOP website and Traffic Programs page at www.nychiefs.org.  

National Sleep Awareness Week - March 2-8, 2015”: National Sleep Awareness Week is March 2-8, 2015, with the start of daylight savings time on March 8th.  The New York Partnership against Drowsy Driving (NYPADD) supports the goal of this public/ traffic safety education and awareness campaign to promote the importance of sleep and to also alert all drivers to the dangers of driving while drowsy; those more at risk for crashes due to drowsy driving included late-night shift workers, commercial motor vehicle drivers, and young drivers. In addition to many local supporting activities taking place statewide throughout the week, plans are also underway for NYPADD to host a press event to kick-off this initiative on Thursday, March 5th at 10:00 a.m. at the Guilderland Service Area on the NYS Thruway just east of Exit 25. We are also asking for help in promoting this public awareness campaign from any police agency and/or communities with variable message or community sign boards by posting our campaign message: “National Sleep Awareness Week – STAY AWAKE! STAY ALIVE!” For more information visit the National Sleep Foundation website at www.sleepfoundation.org.   

Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement Training (ARIDE) – March 16 & 17, 2015: GTSC in cooperation with the Syracuse Police Department will be hosting a 2-day ARIDE Training program on March 16 & 17, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at their headquarters located at 511 S. State Street, Syracuse, NY 13202. This course is intended to bridge the gap between the SFST and DRE courses and provide a level of awareness to the participants, in the area of drug impairment in the context of traffic safety. Based on this premise the course is designed to train law enforcement officers to observe, identify and articulate the signs of impairment related to drugs, alcohol, or combination of both, in order to reduce the number of impaired driving incidents as well as crashes which result in serious injuries and fatalities. For information on the training, a course description, and application forms that must be received by March 2, 2015, go to the GTSC Safe NY website: http://www.safeny.ny.gov/DRE/dre-clas.htm.

“National Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutors (TSRP) Webinar Series – Traffic Tuesdays”:  As part of the ongoing TSRP Webinar training initiative entitled Traffic Tuesdays, the March 10th webinar scheduled for 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (EST) will feature a presentation on “Synthetic Marijuana – From the Road to the Lab”. This webinar will discuss the investigation and prosecution of individuals who drive under the influence of synthetic cannabinoids.  It will discuss what officers should be looking for at roadside and how prosecutors can interpret and use lab results in these cases. Go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/83524763676870914 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.  If you have questions or need assistance in registering for this webinar contact Susan.Glass@mops.mo.gov or at 573-751-1629.

“2015 New York & National Law Enforcement Challenge Competitions: It’s time to consider and begin preparing for the New York Law Enforcement Challenge (NYLEC) & National Law Enforcement Challenge (NLEC) competitions. A new fillable PDF application is available for download from the NLEC website at www.theiacp.org/NLEC that will enter your agency in both competitions. The single submission streamlines the process by eliminating the need to complete separate applications. On the IACP website you will also find a How-To-Guide along with a variety of other resource materials and model applications to assist you. The PDF application and all supporting documentation should be submitted via email to nlec@theiacp.org no later than May 1, 2015. The Challenge continues to be an excellent opportunity for your agency to receive recognition as a leader in traffic safety enforcement and education. The New York Law Enforcement Challenge Awards Recognition Ceremony will be held at the Highway Safety Fall Symposium, October 18-21, 2015, at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Binghamton, NY. For assistance contact Law Enforcement Liaison Nick Macherone, Challenge Coordinator.  

“Save-the-Date - Commercial Motor Vehicle Awareness Training at the Erie County Law Enforcement Training Academy, April 21, 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. Plans are currently underway to host this crash/data-based training program in cooperation with the Erie County Law Enforcement Training Academy on Tuesday, April 21, 2015.  A training announcement with all details and registration information on the program will soon be released and distributed; please feel free to also contact Liaison Nick Macherone with any questions you may have.   

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 this spring in cooperation with the Onondaga and Suffolk County Traffic Safety Boards. The two-day training program designed specifically for law enforcement 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 implementing effective education and enforcement countermeasures. Stay tuned for the posting and distribution of these training announcements with the specific dates and locations. For additional information on the program contact GTSC Program Representative Jen Hogan at Jennifer.hogan@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)”: 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.

“Operation Safe Stop Education and Enforcement Day (OSS) – April 16, 2015”: This statewide education and enforcement initiative will take place on Thursday, April 16, 2015. In addition to many local kick-off events taking place across the state, the New York Association for Pupil Transportation (NYAPT) will host its statewide press event on April 16th at 10:00 a.m. at the Ivan Green Primary School, East Irondequoit Central School District, located at 800 Brown Road, Rochester, NY, 14622; school and transportation officials, along with representatives from the law enforcement and traffic safety communities will join NYAPT in support of this initiative. Your targeted efforts are the cornerstone of this special school bus safety enforcement program and participation is strongly encouraged as part of the GTSC Police Traffic Services grants. The OSS Reporting Form to report your activity is located on the Law Enforcement Page of the GTSC website at http://www.safeny.ny.gov/lawEnf.htm .

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 DoubleTree 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 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.