August 2019 GTSC Law Enforcement Liaison Report
NYSACOP GTSC Law Enforcement Liaison Report
By Dominick Macherone
“August 1-7, 2019 - GTSC Speed Awareness Week Enforcement Mobilization”: Speed continues to be a predominant factor in traffic crashes in New York State. In 2017, nearly one-third (31%) of all traffic fatalities in New York were caused by speeding. 308 people lost their lives in these preventable collisions. The number of fatal crashes caused by unsafe speed increased during the summer months with the highest totals in July, August and September. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says 3 in 10 drivers speed. These drivers are also more likely to engage in other risky behaviors (no seat belt, drinking and driving, or using a cell phone while driving).
The GTSC invites law enforcement to participate in Speed Awareness Week – a high-visibility enforcement campaign aimed at reducing incidence of speed-related crashes.
- Enforcement Dates: August 1 – 7, 2019
- GTSC grantees may use awarded Police Traffic Services (PTS) grant hours to participate in the mobilization.
- Targeted speed enforcement details should occur on roadways identified in an agency’s approved PTS project, where data indicates there is a crash issue related to speed.
- Police agencies are encouraged to promote the campaign in their community and alert media and the courts that increased speed enforcement will be occurring.
- Resource materials on this speed prevention and enforcement campaign are located on NHTSA’s Traffic Safety Marketing page at: https://www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov/get-materials/speed-prevention/obey-sign-or-pay-fine?_sm_au_=iVV0MRpmLWMnHVFP
- Participation in the mobilization should be noted on the grantee’s final PTS progress report (due to GTSC by Oct. 15).
Contact your GTSC Program Representative or Law Enforcement Liaison with any questions.
“Labor Day (National) Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over- Drunk Driving Enforcement Campaign”: The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement crackdown period takes place August 14 – September 2, 2019 and needs your participation to be a success. A statewide GTSC press event to kick-off this enforcement initiative will be held on Tuesday, August 13th at 11:00 a.m. in West Capitol Park in Albany. In planning for this mobilization visit NHTSA’s Traffic Safety Marketing page for the latest resources and marketing techniques to maximize your high visibility enforcement efforts at http://www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov/LaborDayWeekend. 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 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in this year's nationwide 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 .
“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, lodging, and the preliminary agenda information is posted on the Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research website at www.itsmr.org/events.
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. Our GTSC Law Enforcement Liaisons and Programs Representatives look forward to assisting you and can be reached at the GTSC office by calling (518) 474-5111.