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January 2017 NYSACOP Law Enforcement Liaison Report

By Dominick Macherone 

“Traffic Tuesdays-The National Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutors (TSRP) Webinar Series”: As part of the ongoing TSRP training initiative entitled Traffic Tuesdays, the next scheduled webinar on January 10, 2017 from 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (EST) will feature a presentation on “Understanding Birchfield v. North Dakota”. In June, the United States Supreme Court released its decision in Birchfield v. North Dakota, 136 S.Ct. 2160(2016).  The decision involves three consolidated cases from North Dakota and Minnesota.  At issue were the criminal statutes of North Dakota and Minnesota for refusing blood and breath tests following arrests for impaired driving.  The decision follows the Court’s prior decision in McNeely and provides clarification about what states can do in investigating impaired driving crimes.  In this webinar, the Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutors from North Dakota and Minnesota will address many of the commonly asked questions and myths about the decision:   
  •     What did the Court decide?
  •     Were the statutes found to be unconstitutional?  
  •     What is the importance of finding breath testing valid as a search incident to arrest?
  •     Is the Birchfield decision retroactive?  
  •     Can a state still criminalize refusal of a blood test?
  •     What about other types of forensic testing, such as urine or saliva?

There is no charge to attend this webinar, but you must register in advance.  Please click here to register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8873915734992945156

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing instructions on how to join the webinar.  In order to ensure 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 TSRP webinars (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).  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 assistance registering for the webinar, please feel free to contact Deputy Director/TSRP Susan Glass at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 573-301-2630. 

“2016 Holiday Season Impaired Driving Enforcement Crackdown – Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over – December 16, 2016 – January 2, 2017”: The holidays are known for being merry and bright, but they’re also known for being the deadliest season when it comes to drunk driving. Every holiday season, lives are lost due to drunk drivers. Therefore it is imperative that law enforcement agencies across New York to be out in force and actively searching for and arresting drunk and impaired drivers during this enforcement campaign from December 16, 2016 through January 2, 2017.  To assist you in planning for this mobilization visit 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 enforcement efforts at https://www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov/get-materials/drunk-driving/holiday-season. 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 Traffic Programs Page of the NYSACOP website at www.nychiefs.org, and the STOP-DWI New York homepage at www.stopdwi.org.
“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 .

“Practical Guidelines for Motorcycle Enforcement Training”: With the motorcycle riding season only several months away we wish to remind our law enforcement partners to stay tuned for upcoming training programs for the popular one-day GTSC sponsored Practical Guidelines for Motorcycle Enforcement classes for law enforcement in your regions. The goal of the training is to introduce law enforcement to the national and state specific motorcycle enforcement issues in an effort to reduce the number of deaths and injuries from motorcycle related crashes. The course is instructed by a team of subject matter experts from the New York State Police, Colonie Police Department and NYS Association of Chiefs of Police. Questions about the training may be directed to Liaison Nick Macherone at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (518) 474-4935.
“Commercial Motor Vehicle Awareness Training for Law Enforcement ”: The Commercial Motor Vehicle Awareness Training class is a one-day, data-driven enforcement program designed specifically for police officers assigned to patrol duties and other traffic related enforcement assignments. The training course was developed to address the issue of large truck and bus crashes and fatalities resulting from unsafe driving behaviors. The curriculum’s development and instruction has been a collaborative led initiative by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee in partnership with the Suffolk County Police Department’s Motor Carrier Safety Section, and the NYS Department of Transportation’s Motor Carrier Compliance Bureau. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is also a partner in the training program. The fundamental goal of the training is to provide police officers with the safety and enforcement information needed to handle crashes and traffic violations involving commercial motor vehicles. Regional training locations throughout the state are determined and based on data identifying specific counties overrepresented in commercial motor vehicle crashes. Interest and participation in this program by law enforcement has been overwhelming so stay tuned for upcoming training announcements in your region in 2017.  For additional details and information contact Liaison Nick Macherone at GTSC at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 518.474-4935.

“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. In recent 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 - April 6 & 7, 2017”: The Empire State Law Enforcement Traffic Safety Conference (ESLETS) is scheduled for April 6 & 7, 2017 at the Albany Marriott on Wolf Road in Colonie. This is the only traffic safety conference of its kind in the state: designed by law enforcement - for law enforcement. Soon conference registration information will be posted and linked to the Traffic Safety/ESLETS Page on the New York State Police website at https://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 NYSACOP Liaison I look forward to assisting you and can be reached at 518.474-4935 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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