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November 2018 NYSACOP GTSC Law Enforcement Liaison Report

By Dominick Macherone


“National Drowsy Driving Prevention Week - November 4- 11, 2018”:  On Sunday November 4th 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, law enforcement is partnering with the New York Partnership Against Drowsy Driving (NYPDD) to remind motorists to Stay Awake! Stay Alive!” 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 drowsy. So, stay alert behind the wheel and please join us in spreading the word to motorists reminding them to 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 website: https://www.health.ny.gov/prevention/injury_prevention/driving_drowsy.htm.

Additionally, the NYS Department of Health has released a series of “See! Be Seen!” public service announcements 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. The media campaign began October 22nd.  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

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 November 13, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (EST) will feature a presentation on “Under the Influence of Cannabis – Understanding the Highway High”.

This webinar will cover the following areas:

  • What to look for when you suspect a driver is under the influence of cannabis
  • How to proceed after the stop
  • Courtroom testimony in a driving under the influence of cannabis case

Presenter Chuck Matson is the Drug Recognition Expert Section Chair for the International Association of Chiefs of Police.  After spending almost 30 years with the Omaha Police Department, Chucks now travels around the country helping other states train their future Drug Recognition Expert officers.

There is no cost to attend this webinar but you must register in advance; the link to register is: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4362167642145584129.

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..

Upcoming Pedestrian Safety for Law Enforcement Train-the-Trainer Course, November 8th & 9th, 2018  in the Buffalo & Rochester Regions”:  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 redesigned, one-day Pedestrian Safety for Law Enforcement Train-the-Trainer course. Training programs are scheduled for 11/8/2018 at the ECC Law Enforcement Training Academy in Williamsville, NY, and on 11/9/2018 at the Monroe County Public Safety Training Facility in Rochester, NY. Officers will learn about New York’s 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. Each person who wishes to attend must register online at: www.safeny.ny.gov/PedTraining . Choose the training located closest to your county. Class size is capped at 30, so please enroll as soon as possible. Dress is business casual, or whatever standard protocol your agency follows. Additional information on the training is also available by contacting GTSC Program 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 LEL Nick Macherone at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or 518.474-4935.

2018 NYS STOP-DWI NY Thanksgiving Enforcement Crackdown – Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”: The statewide STOP-DWI Thanksgiving Enforcement Crackdown period will take place November 21 –25, 2018 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: http://www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov. One of the deadliest and most often committed - yet preventable - of crimes (drunk and impaired driving), has become a serious safety epidemic in our country. 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 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 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.

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 for interested law enforcement agencies. Learn more about DDACTS and the workshops by contacting Law Enforcement Liaison Nick Macherone.

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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