May 2019 GTSC Law Enforcement Liaison Report
NYSACOP GTSC Law Enforcement Liaison Report
By Dominick Macherone
“Traffic Tuesdays-The National Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutors (TSRP) Webinar Series”: Stay tuned! At the time of this report no TSRP Webinar for May 2019 has been scheduled or announced.
"No Empty Chair” Teen Driving Safety Campaign – April 29 – May 3, 2019: Each year thousands of high school students across New York State look forward to attending their prom and graduation ceremony. These memorable moments for parents, siblings, educators and the community become meaningless when a teen dies in a car crash. Regrettably, this scenario happens all too often and law enforcement is tasked with making the difficult “knock on the door”. To reduce these tragedies the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) developed the “No Empty Chair” (NEC) campaign symbolizing a missing high school student for the prom or on graduation day. During this five-day initiative (April 29 -May 3) law enforcement agencies are encouraged to assign patrols to focus on a different traffic safety threat each day of the week. This is also an opportunity to increase awareness about safe teen driving using School Resource Officers and/or community partners to educate students in the school environment. Free NEC posters and thumb drives are available using the following link; http://www.safeny.ny.gov/SRO-Toolkit/contact-us.html. Agencies that were awarded a FY2019 Police Traffic Services (PTS) grant can use overtime enforcement funds for this campaign. These targeted details should be conducted near high schools whenever possible and should focus on:
- Monday - April 29, 2019 Speeding in School Zones
- Tuesday - April 30, 2019 Seatbelt/Child Restraints
- Wednesday – May 1, 2019 Cell Phone and Texting
- Thursday – May 2, 2019 Operation Safe Stop – School Bus Safety
- Friday – May 3, 2019 Underage Drinking/Impaired Driving
Throughout the week officers should be vigilant for Graduated Driver License (GDL) violations. Since this law was enacted in 2003 fatal crashes of teenagers ages 16-17 have decreased by 80 percent. GDL tip cards and educational materials are available at the GTSC Young Driver Toolkit website using the link http://safeny.ny.gov/SRO-Toolkit/publications.html. Posters for schools, law enforcement agencies and other areas that teens frequent are also available. Please enlist the support of school administrators, local traffic safety partners and other community stakeholders to raise awareness and help keep this year’s prom and graduation season enjoyable for teens and their families.
“Operation Safe Stop Education and Enforcement Day (OSS) – Thursday, May 2, 2019”: The statewide supported education and enforcement initiative will take place on Thursday, May 2, 2019. Your targeted efforts are the cornerstone of this special school bus safety enforcement program and your participation is strongly encouraged as part of the GTSC Police Traffic Services (PTS) grant. The OSS Reporting Form to report your activity is located on the Law Enforcement Partners’ Page of the GTSC website at http://www.safeny.ny.gov/lawEnf.htm#oss. Stay tuned for additional information and details on county and regional press events to kick off this awareness and enforcement initiative being coordinated by Traffic Safety Boards and the New York Association for Pupil Transportation (NYAPT).
“2019 Buckle Up New York (BUNY) – Click It or Ticket (CIOT) Enforcement Mobilization”: The statewide Buckle Up New York – Click It or Ticket mobilization targeting Day & Night safety belt use takes place May 20 - June 2, 2019. The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee in cooperation with the New York State Police are coordinating plans to host a May 14th press event to kick-off this 14-day high visibility enforcement campaign in cooperation with the West Seneca Police Department and the West Seneca School District in Erie County. Representatives from county and municipal enforcement agencies will also be invited to participate. In planning for this mobilization visit NHTSA’s Traffic Safety Marketing page at http://www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov/CIOT-PEAK, a one-stop-shop for the latest communications news, campaign materials, and marketing techniques to maximize your high visibility seat belt enforcement efforts. Here you will also find another valuable tool, the Products for Enforcement Action Kit (PEAK); additional resource materials are also available on the Law Enforcement Partners Page of the GTSC website at www.safeny.ny.gov and Traffic Programs page of the NYSACOP website at www.nychiefs.org. On the opening day of the BUNY-CIOT enforcement mobilization we will again look to our New York law enforcement partners that share or are near borders with neighboring states to once again participate in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Click It or Ticket - Border-To-Border Initiative (B2B) that takes place during the afternoon and early evening hours of the mobilization on May 20th from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The purpose of the Border-To-Border Initiative is to bolster law enforcement exposure and participation in the mobilization through a nationwide law enforcement community partnership, and to also increase earned media attention toward our continued Click It or Ticket high visibility enforcement efforts. The neighboring states of Vermont, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania will be participating as will other states along the eastern seaboard on interstates and highways to demonstrated state-to-state enforcement unity with the increased presence at border locations. This collaborative high visibility, zero tolerance enforcement initiative serves to remind the public that occupant restraint use is a priority for law enforcement in every state and has no borders. You may also consider and plan to host your own Border-To-Border enforcement detail and/or media event in cooperation with other law enforcement agencies in your area at non-designated locations. If you do so we would appreciate you contacting us so that we can also track and included your enforcement activity and/or media event information in our statewide reporting. Learn more about this collaborative campaign and how to team-up at designated locations across the state with the New York State Police and other law enforcement agencies by contacting any of the GTSC Law Enforcement Liaisons representing the NYS Association of Chiefs of Police, NYS Sheriffs Association or New York State Police.
Additional information and details on the statewide Border-to-Border initiative along with selected locations and contact information for the New York State Police B2B Coordinators will soon be available.
IMPORTANT REMINDER!! - The Buckle Up New York – Click It or Ticket Enforcement Mobilization is a required element of all 2019 GTSC Police Traffic Services grants that will impact grantee reimbursement if your agency fails to actively participate during the mobilization period, May 20 – June 2, 2019.
“2019 Memorial Day NYS STOP-DWI Enforcement Crackdown - Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over – May 24-28, 2019”: The New York State STOP-DWI Association, Inc. launched the “STOP-DWI Enforcement Crackdowns” campaign several years ago. The theory behind this initiative is that by better coordinating and promoting county efforts we can achieve greater visibility of DWI enforcement activities in New York State. Research findings demonstrate that highly visible, publicized efforts like STOP-DWI crackdowns can further reduce the incidence of impaired 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. Visit NHTSA’s Traffic Safety Marketing page in planning for this enforcement mobilization at https://www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov/get-materials/drunk-driving/drive-sober-or-get-pulled-over for the latest communications news, campaign materials and marketing techniques to maximize your high visibility enforcement efforts. 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. We ask that you please join us and actively participate in New York’s Memorial Day STOP-DWI Enforcement Crackdown period that will take place May 24 – 28, 2019.