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October 2019


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 Tuesday October 15, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (EST) will feature a presentation on “Mellanby Effect, Homeostasis &Burn-Off: Why Impaired People are Not Safe Behind the Wheel” presented by Miriam Norman, Washington State Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor.

Learn how science explains the phenomenon that you are familiar with (people with decreasing BACs are more likely to drive even though they are not safe), homeostasis, and burn-off interplay to make people drive while impaired.  This webinar will cover all three of these scientific principles to help you understand and articulate that a person passed out behind the wheel is not safe and should not be left there.

There is no cost to attend this webinar but you must register in advance; the link to register is: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4034470303300714765

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 are 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 Vin Petty at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

“2019 NYS STOP-DWI Halloween Enforcement Crackdown - Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”: The NYS STOP-DWI Halloween Enforcement Crackdown period will take place October 31 – November 3, 2019 and needs your participation to be a success. Start planning for this mobilization and 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/search?keywords=Halloween+impaired+driving.                       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, GTSC, and STOP-DWI New York in this year's Halloween 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 .

“2019 Training Schedules for ARIDE and DRE Classes”: The training schedules for the two-day Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement and Drug Recognition Enforcement training classes for 2019 that are supported by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee can be found on the following link: http://www.safeny.ny.gov/DRE/dre-clas.htm. Questions on the training can also be directed to NYS DRE Coordinator Renee Borden at the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. These training schedules are also located on the GTSC website at http://safeny.ny.gov/DRE/default.htm, or the NYSACOP Traffic Programs page at https://nychiefs.org/traffic/traffic-programs.

“Save-the-Date - 2019 Annual New York Highway Safety Symposium”: New York’s premier highway safety training Symposium will take place October 21 – 24, 2019 at the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center in Albany, NY. Registration and lodging information, and the preliminary agenda are posted on the Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research website at www.itsmr.org/events.

The two-day Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) Training for Police Officers course will also be held at the Conference site on Tuesday & Wednesday, October 22nd & 23rd. This course will train law enforcement officers to observe, identify and articulate the signs of impairment related to drugs, alcohol, or combination of both, in order to reduce the number of impaired driving incidents as well as crashes resulting in serious injuries and fatalities. (Pre-registration is required and please contact NYS DRE Coordinator Renee Borden at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details).

“Highlighting Traffic Safety Initiatives Beyond the Borders of New York”: We would like to start showcasing and sharing other traffic safety initiatives, best practices, and strategies by law enforcement agencies beyond New York’s borders. With this in mind we’ll begin with a story published in The Denver Post on September 13, 2019 by Reporter James Burky announcing Denver Police Department’s hiring of nine police officers to combat an increase in traffic deaths; the link to the story is: https://www.denverpost.com/2019/09/13/denver-police-traffic-enforcement/.

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.

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