NYSACOP GTSC Law Enforcement Liaison Report
By Dominick Macherone
“National Drowsy Driving Prevention Week” - November 3- 10, 2019: On Sunday November 3rd Daylight Saving Time ends, clocks are turned back, and we gain an hour of sleep. However, this time change can suddenly disrupt sleep patterns. Therefore, we’re asking law enforcement to join the New York Partnership Against Drowsy Driving (NYPDD) to remind motorists to “Stay Awake! Stay Alive!” during this week. Drowsy Driving can be just as deadly as drunk, drugged, or distracted driving, and this awareness campaign alerts drivers to the dangers associated with driving while fatigued and drowsy. So, stay alert behind the wheel and please help us in spreading the word to remind motorists not to risk the trip without adequate sleep. These crashes are preventable and don’t put yourself or others in danger. For more information on Drowsy Driving visit the National Sleep Foundation website at https://sleepfoundation.org/drowsy-driving or the NYS Department of Health (NYSDOH) website: https://www.health.ny.gov/prevention/injury_prevention/driving_drowsy.htm.
The NYS Department of Health has also released a series of “See! Be Seen!” public service announcements (PSA) that also focus on pedestrian “Visibility” at night. The media campaign, encourages pedestrians to be safe and visible when walking at dawn and dusk. Forty percent of pedestrian crashes occur after dark, with most crashes occurring in November. For more information on pedestrian safety or to see a list of “See! Be Seen!” materials, please call 518-402-7900 or visit www.ny.gov/pedestrian-safety/three-es#education
Another prominent partner in this traffic safety endeavor is the National Roadside Safety Foundation (NRSF) who is sponsoring the “Stay Awake! Stay Alive!” PSA contest on SUNY college campuses in cooperation with the NYSDOH and GTSC. Students are encouraged to participate and compete for the best PSAs raising awareness on how to recognize the signs of drowsiness as the driver, passenger or others on the road, and share prevention tips to prevent drowsy driving crashes. Winning submissions will receive cash prizes and national broadcast on Teen Kids News. The link to last year’s winning PSAs (bottom of the page) is: http://www.nrsf.org/contests/stayawakestayalive.
“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 Tuesday November 19, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (EST) will feature a presentation on “Chasing the Electric Cloud: The Evolution of the Electronic Cigarette” presented by Detective Roman Serrano of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in Fort Myers, Florida. This presentation will cover a brief history of the electronic cigarette and explain the new trend of modifying electronic cigarettes for illegal drug use. It will explain these new trends and provide prosecutors and law enforcement with the tools needed to properly detect and prevent such illegal use.
There is no cost to attend this webinar but you must register in advance; the link to register is: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3136786130023119117.
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing instructions on how to join the webinar. 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.
“2019 STOP-DWI NY Thanksgiving Enforcement Crackdown – Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”: The statewide STOP-DWI NY Thanksgiving Enforcement Crackdown period will take place November 27 –December 1, 2019 and needs your participation to make it a success. In planning for this mobilization visit NHTSA’s Traffic Safety Marketing page for the latest campaign materials and marketing techniques to maximize your high visibility enforcement efforts at: https://www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov/get-materials/drunk-driving. As law enforcement professionals and highway safety advocates your efforts will help reduce the number of impaired drivers on the roads and save lives. By increasing State enforcement efforts, raising public awareness through paid, earned, and social media, and maximizing your local resources, you can make a marked difference. So please join your law enforcement colleagues, state and local traffic safety advocates, GTSC, and STOP-DWI New York in this year's Thanksgiving impaired driving enforcement campaign. 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 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 .
“Congratulations Town of New Windsor Police Department – Recipient of the 2019 GTSC Chair Award”: We wish to recognize and extend our congratulations to Chief Robert Doss and to Sergeant William Ruger of the Town of New Windsor Police Department in Orange County upon receiving the prestigious Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee’s Chair Award for 2019. The Chair Award recognizes individuals and organizations for programs that are innovative, superior, and highly successful in promoting traffic safety. DMV Commissioner and Chair of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, Mark J.F. Schroeder presented the award to the Town of New Windsor Police Department October 23rd at this year’s Annual Fall Highway Safety Symposium in Albany, NY.
“Welcome New York’s First-Ever SADD State Coordinator”: Please join us in welcoming New York’s newly selected Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) State Coordinator Lauren Zimmerman-Meade who will be teaming up with the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee to help prevent teen driving crashes and improve safety on New York’s roadways. In her role as the SADD State Coordinator, Lauren Zimmerman-Meade will build upon GTSC’s work promoting safe teen driving by creating, equipping, and sustaining a network of student-run chapters in schools and communities focused on peer-to-peer education. Contact information for the SADD State Coordinator will soon be made available by GTSC.
“Highlighting Traffic Safety Initiatives Beyond the Borders of New York”: In our October 2019 Liaison Report we began showcasing and sharing other traffic safety issues, initiatives, best practices, and strategies by law enforcement beyond New York’s borders. With this this mind, this month we’re re-publishing a story from the Montreal Gazette dated October 17, 2019 relating to the rise in pot arrest while operating a motor vehicle since legalization; the link to the story is: https://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/quebec-pot-arrests-behind-the-wheel-up-54-since-legalization.
Visit the Traffic Programs Page on our NYSACOP website at www.nychiefs.org and Law Enforcement Partners Page on the GTSC website at www.safeny.ny.gov for additional traffic safety and enforcement resources, materials and information. Our GTSC Law Enforcement Liaisons and Program Representatives look forward to assisting you and can be reached at the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee by calling (518) 474-5111.