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June 2019

 NYSACOP GTSC Law Enforcement Liaison Report

By Dominick Macherone

2019 Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Mobilization”: The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee is pleased to announce a statewide Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Mobilization – June 14-27, 2019. Law enforcement agencies with a PTS grant which identifies pedestrian safety as a data-driven problem to be addressed, may use awarded hours to fund participation in the mobilization. The GTSC suggests that participating agencies issue warnings and distribute educational materials to drivers and pedestrians during the first week of the campaign (June 14-20), followed by a week (June 21-27) of enforcement with ticketing.

Interested grantees are also encouraged to visit the NYS Pedestrian Safety Action Plan website: www.ny.gov/pedsafety. For more information, please contact your GTSC Highway Safety Representative, or the Pedestrian Safety Coordinator, Jim Knapp, at 518-473-4734 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

GTSC Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Mobilization

Operation See! Be Seen!

Enforcement: June 14 – 27, 2019

  • Agencies with a GTSC Police Traffic Services (PTS) grant which identifies pedestrian safety as a data-driven problem to be addressed, may use awarded hours to fund participation in the mobilization.
  • The GTSC suggests that participating police agencies issue warnings and distribute educational materials to drivers and pedestrians during the first week of the campaign (June 14-20), followed by a week (June 21-27) of enforcement with ticketing.
  • NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law sections for this targeted enforcement are: 1112, 1142, 1146, 1150, 1151, 1151-a, 1152 and 1156.
  • Roll-call videos are available to assist with enforcement preparation efforts.
  • Heat maps detailing pedestrian crash “hot spots” are available from the GTSC for communities identified as “Focus Communities” (page 18) in the NYS Pedestrian Safety Action Plan.

     

Education/Outreach

  • Pedestrian Safety Action Plan (PSAP) website: www.ny.gov/pedsafety
  • See! Be Seen! campaign materials, including educational tip cards for drivers and pedestrians, posters, a sample press release, warning “citations”, and NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law quick reference pocket guides are available for download on the PSAP website. Agencies may also order free printed copies directly from the NYS Department of Health. Public service announcements (PSAs) are also available for use on social media.

     

Reporting

  • After the enforcement period, participating agencies are required to report their activity at www.safeny.ny.gov/pedenforcement.
  • Agencies should log: enforcement hours, number of officers utilized, number of details carried-out, number of pedestrian and motorist interactions, number of warnings issued, and number of tickets issued to pedestrians and motorists.

STOP DWI New York - July 4th Enforcement Crackdown Mobilization - Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over: The New York State STOP-DWI Association’s “STOP-DWI Enforcement Crackdowns” program has been a statewide enforcement partnership for several years. The theory behind this initiative is that by better coordination and promotion of county efforts we can achieve greater visibility of DWI enforcement activities statewide. Research findings demonstrate that highly visible, publicized efforts like the STOP-DWI Crackdowns can further reduce the incidence of impaired and drunk driving. By increasing State enforcement efforts, raising public awareness through paid, earned, and social media, and by maximizing your local resources, you can make a marked difference in saving more lives on our roadways. We all know that Americans love to celebrate the 4th of July with family, friends, food, and fireworks. But all too often the festivities turn tragic on the nation's roads. This iconic American holiday is one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to drunk-driving crashes. STOP-DWI’s July 4th Enforcement Crackdown period will take place July 3rd – 7th and we look forward to your active participation. To help plan your mobilization efforts, visit NHTSA’s Traffic Safety Marketing page, a one-stop-shop for the latest communications news and campaign materials to maximize your high visibility enforcement efforts at: http://www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov/july4th.  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 Buckle Up New York - Click It or Ticket Enforcement Mobilization: The 14-day statewide Buckle Up New York – Click It or Ticket Mobilization that included the Border-To-Border Operation targeting Day & Night safety belt use will end on June 2nd.  We wish to extend our thanks and appreciation to all participating law enforcement agencies across the state for their support of this nationwide high visibility enforcement campaign aimed at reducing needless fatalities and injuries on America’s highways.  As a reminder to all FFY 2019 PTS grantees, the enforcement mobilization report to GTSC is due on June 17, 2019.

Commercial Motor Vehicle Awareness Training for Law Enforcement”: The Commercial Motor Vehicle Awareness Training is a one-day, data-driven enforcement program designed specifically for police officers assigned to patrol duties and other traffic related enforcement assignments. The training course was developed to address the issue of large truck and bus crashes and fatalities resulting from unsafe driving behaviors. The curriculum’s development and instruction has been a collaborative led initiative by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee in partnership with the Suffolk County Police Department’s Motor Carrier Safety Section, and the NYS Department of Transportation’s Motor Carrier Compliance Bureau. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is also a partner in the training initiative. The fundamental goal of the training is to provide police officers with the safety and enforcement information needed to handle crashes and traffic violations involving commercial motor vehicles. Regional training locations throughout the state are determined and based on data identifying specific counties overrepresented in commercial motor vehicle crashes.  For information on the program contact GTSC Program Representative Rob Lopez at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Law Enforcement Liaison Nick Macherone at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by phone at GTSC, 518.474-5111.

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 July 30, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (EST) will feature a presentation on “Noteworthy United States Supreme Court Cases for Road Officers and Prosecutors Handling Impaired Driving Cases”.  Presenter Kenneth Stecker has been leading Michigan’s Traffic Safety Resource Program since 2008.

There is no cost to attend this webinar but you must register in advance; the link to register is:   https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7575153928448507147 .

 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..

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 information and the preliminary agenda will soon be available on the Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research website at www.itsmr.org

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.

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