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December 2018 NYSACOP GTSC Law Enforcement Liaison Report

By Dominick Macherone

Traffic Tuesdays-The National Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutors (TSRP) Webinar Series”: As part of its ongoing TSRP training initiative entitled Traffic Tuesdays, the next scheduled webinar on Tuesday December 18, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. (eastern time) will feature a presentation on “DU-High” – Taking a Closer Look at Marijuana Impaired Driving.

Marijuana is the most widely used illicit drug. It is also the most frequently detected non-alcohol substance in drivers in the United States, and has been shown to impair driving performance and increase crash risk. However, the exact level of Delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive chemical in marijuana, and its relationship to driving impairment is unknown and often debated. In this session, information will be presented from two major cannabis and driving studies that identified the most frequent indicators of impairment in cannabis impaired drivers with varying blood levels of THC. Information will also be provided on which cognitive, perceptual, and psychomotor tasks are most often affected by THC. How those various indicators can be used to assist in identifying impairment using the psychophysical tests officers receive in the Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST), Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE), and the Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) training will also be presented. 

Presenter: Chuck Hayes, International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), Drug Evaluation and Classification Program Western Region Project Manager

There is no charge to attend this webinar, but you must register in advance; the link to register is: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7877135892503146241.

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.  

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 Kenneth Stecker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Kinga Canike at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

2018 Holiday Season (National) Drive Sober or Get Pull Over Mobilization & NYS STOP-DWI Enforcement Crackdown – December 13, 2018 – January 1, 2019”: The holiday season is known for being merry and bright, however it is also associated with one of the deadliest times of year when it comes to drunk and impaired driving highway crashes. In addressing and combating this traffic safety priority, the National and statewide STOP-DWI Enforcement Crackdown period will take place December 13th – January 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/holiday-season.  As law enforcement professionals and highway safety advocates your efforts will help reduce the number of drunk 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 the thousands of law enforcement officers, state and local traffic safety advocates, and STOP-DWI New York in this year's Holiday Season impaired driving enforcement mobilization.  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 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.

Upcoming GTSC Below 100 Train-the-Trainer Courses”The New York Governor's Traffic Safety Committee is pleased to announce its plans to sponsor the officer safety focused Below 100 Train-the-Trainer Program during 2019.  The initiative aims to reduce line of duty deaths (LODDs) nationally to below 100 annually. The training specifically focuses and incorporates 5 Core Tenets that are changing police culture and saving lives; Wear Your Belt; Wear Your Vest; Watch Your Speed; What’s Important Now (WIN); and Remember, Complacency Kills. GTSC Law Enforcement Liaisons are currently considering two possible regions for these trainings; in New York’s Southern Tier and in Western New York (Buffalo/Rochester area). A substantial effort is being made here in New York State to get as many agencies as possible trained and involved in the Below 100 programs. Information will be made available and distributed in these regions through our networks as soon as plans are finalized. 

Data Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS)”: DDACTS 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.  DDACTS Implementation Workshops have been held across the state by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in cooperation with New York’s Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. NHTSA and GTSC remain committed in their support of additional workshops in 2019 for interested law enforcement agencies. Learn more about DDACTS and the workshops by contacting Law Enforcement Liaison Nick Macherone.

Save-the-Date - Empire State Law Enforcement Traffic Safety Conference – April 3 & 4, 2019: The Empire State Law Enforcement Traffic Safety Conference (ESLETS) is scheduled for April 3rd & 4th, 2019 at the Saratoga Hilton in the City of Saratoga Springs, NY. This annual traffic safety conference is the only one of its kind for law enforcement in the state and focuses on contemporary and emerging traffic safety issues; it’s designed by law enforcement - for law enforcement. Soon conference registration information will be posted and linked to the New York State Police Traffic Safety/ESLETS Page 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 on the GTSC website at www.safeny.ny.gov for additional resources materials and traffic safety information.  As your NYSACOP/GTSC LEL I look forward to assisting 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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