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March 2017 NYSACOP GTSC Law Enforcement Liaison Report

By Dominick Macherone


New Pedestrian Safety Train-the-Trainer Workshop for Law Enforcement – March 7, 2017 in Albany”:  As part of its ongoing efforts to reduce pedestrian-related motor vehicle crashes in communities across New York, the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) cordially invites law enforcement partners interested in pedestrian safety education and enforcement to an upcoming workshop being held March 7, 2017 from 9:00AM – 4:00PM at the NYS Department of Transportation Main Office, 50 Wolf Rd., Albany. This free, one-day, train-the-trainer course is brand new for 2017, having been built from the ground up by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in conjunction with the GTSC and the Departments of Health and Transportation for use in New York State. The course is taught by active law enforcement who have deep domain expertise in the fundamentals of pedestrian safety education and enforcement. Officers will learn about New York’s recently announced Pedestrian Safety Action Plan (www.ny.gov/pedsafety), explore current pedestrian crash issues and data, and will be provided with tools and strategies for the effective implementation of pedestrian education and enforcement countermeasures. The GTSC is seeking to develop a roster of law enforcement trainers who could assist the State with future deliveries of this course. Therefore, we strongly encourage law enforcement who have an interest in pedestrian safety and would like to become instructors to attend. Online registration is available at: http://www.safeny.ny.gov/PedTraining/ . Class size for this training is capped at 35, so please enroll each officer who wishes to attend as soon as possible. This train-the-trainer course will be the first of several that GTSC will be offering in 2017. Future dates and locations are yet to be determined. For more information please contact Jim Knapp, GTSC Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Coordinator at (518) 473-4734, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Nick Macherone, GTSC Law Enforcement Liaison, NYS Assn. of Chiefs of Police at (518) 474-4935, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

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 March 14, 2017 from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (EDT) will feature a presentation on Cross Examining the Defense Expert: How to Make it Count”.  Effectively cross-examining a defense expert in an impaired driving crime is daunting. But a well-done cross examination of the expert is exhilarating and devastating to the defense. Our panel of experienced prosecutors provide “how-to-do-it” guidance during each of the important phases for cross examining the defense expert: Preparation, Motions In Limine, Direct Examination, and Cross Examination. Whether the defense expert is a local hack or a national icon—these techniques will help! The webinar will be presented by Moses Garcia, a legal consultant with the Washington Traffic Safety Resource Program.

There is no charge for this webinar, but you must register in advance.  Click here to register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4452583764204503297

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.  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 will be unable to attend this webinar at the scheduled time but would still like to watch it, please go ahead and register as indicated.  Everyone who is registered will receive a link to the recording of the webinar regardless of whether they attended. If you have any questions or need any assistance registering for the webinar, please feel free to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2017 St. Patrick’s Day STOP-DWI – NY Enforcement Crackdown - Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over- March 17-19, 2017: St. Patrick’s Day has become one of the nation’s biggest times to celebrate and party. But tragically it has also become a dangerous holiday because more drunk drivers take to the roadways. Therefore it essential that law enforcement across New York to be out in force actively searching for and arresting drunk and impaired drivers during this enforcement crackdown weekend, March 17-19, 2017. Plan for this enforcement mobilization and visit the NHTSA Traffic Safety Marketing page https://www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov/get-materials/drunk-driving/drive-sober-or-get-pulled-over/saint-patricks-day, 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 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. You can download the app at www.stopdwi.org/mobileapp.

“Upcoming Practical Guidelines for Motorcycle Enforcement Training Classes”: With motorcycle riding season just around the corner along with milder temperatures many of us are enjoying this winter season, 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. Regional training locations are selected and based on data sets that include identifying specific counties that are overrepresented by motorcycle crashes. 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. Plans are currently underway to host two trainings during the month of March 2017 in Suffolk and Westchester counties.  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.

Empire State Law Enforcement Traffic Safety Conference (ESLETS) - April 6 & 7, 2017: The Empire State Law Enforcement Traffic Safety Conference 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. Conference registration information along with the agenda is 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 NYSACOP website at www.nychiefs.org and Law Enforcement Partners Page of the GTSC website at www.safeny.ny.gov for additional resources and traffic safety information.  As your LEL I look forward to assisting and hearing from you and can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 518.474-4935.

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