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February 2017 NYSACOP GTSC 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 February 14, 2017 from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (EST) will feature a presentation on SFSTs and Drug Impairment”.  The roadside study of 1973 indicated that over one-third of drivers had alcohol in their system.  A subsequent study indicated that law enforcement officers were not doing a good job recognizing impaired drivers—detecting only 22% of drivers with a BAC of .10 or above.  As a result, NHTSA contracted with the Southern California Research Institute to see if tests could be developed that could help officers determine whether a driver was impaired.  From this research, the standardized field sobriety tests were born.  Since that time, the tests have been shown to be very reliable in detecting drivers with a BAC of .08 or above.  Whether the SFSTs can also reliably detect impairment caused by drugs other than alcohol is a question that frequently comes up. 

This webinar will go back to the basics of the original studies that proved the SFSTs show impairment, regardless of the impairing substance.  It will discuss how clues on the walk and turn and one leg stand relate to cognitive impairment.  It will also discuss the benefits of using non-validated tests.  This webinar will be presented by Carson Nuss, Technical Trooper with the Kansas Highway Patrol.

There is no charge for this webinar, but you must register in advance.  Click here to register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7125595490600247043

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2017 Super Bowl STOP-DWI Enforcement Crackdown - Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over- February 3-6, 2017: The Super Bowl has become synonymous with drinking and celebrating, making roads on this eventful weekend dangerous. For this reason it is imperative that law enforcement across New York to be out in force and actively searching for and arresting drunk and impaired drivers during this enforcement crackdown weekend from February 3rd – 6th, 2017.

In planning for this enforcement mobilization visit the NHTSA Traffic Safety Marketing page at https://www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov/get-materials/drunk-driving/buzzed-driving-drunk-driving/super-bowl-li#, 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.


Stay Tuned - Upcoming Pedestrian Safety for Law Enforcement Train-the-Trainer Course, March 2017 in the Albany, NY Region”:  As part of its ongoing efforts to reduce pedestrian-related motor vehicle crashes in communities across NYS through a comprehensive approach that incorporates awareness, education and enforcement programs, the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee along with other state and federal partners will host NHTSA’s newly redesigned, one-day, Pedestrian Safety for Law Enforcement Train-the-Trainer course. Plans are currently underway to hold the course, which will be instructed by active law enforcement officers, in early March 2017 in the Albany area. The course will provide an introduction to the states’ recently announced Pedestrian Safety Action Plan (www.ny.gov/pedsafety), data and a detailed look at current pedestrian crash issues. Officers will be provided with tools and strategies for the effective implementation of pedestrian education and enforcement countermeasures. Once the training date and location is confirmed information will be distributed through various channels including a NYSACOP news & info release. Additional information on the training is also available by contacting GTSC Representative Jim Knapp at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 518.473-4734, or Liaison Nick Macherone at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or 518.474-4935.


“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.


Overview - Governor Traffic Safety Committee’s Law Enforcement Liaison Program”: GTSC plays a major role in the coordination of enforcement efforts among police agencies at all jurisdictional levels through its Law Enforcement Liaisons (LELs) representing the New York State Police, the NYS Sheriffs’ Association and the NYS Association of Chiefs of Police. The LELs provide GTSC with a strong police perspective on traffic safety through their law enforcement background and expertise. In addition, resources, communication networks and other statewide amenities are readily available through their organizations to further engage and promote a statewide coordinated response to traffic safety issues. Law Enforcement Liaisons are responsible for communicating GTSC’s statewide safety priorities to their enforcement networks and encouraging police agency participation in the Buckle Up New York - Click It or Ticket mobilizations, STOP-DWI Enforcement Crackdowns and many other traffic safety initiatives. The LELs also participate in the development and delivery of a number of training opportunities for police officers, including programs offered at the Empire State Law Enforcement Traffic Safety (ESLETS) and the annual NYS Highway Safety conferences. Current LELs assigned to GTSC are Sergeant Todd Engwer from the New York State Police, Sergeant Anthony D’Agostino, Retired, NYS Sheriffs Association, and Deputy Chief of Police Dominick Macherone, Retired, NYS Association of Chiefs of Police.


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. Conference registration information 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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