April 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 April 2019 has been scheduled or announced.
“April 11 – 15, 2019 - National Distracted Driving Enforcement Campaign - U DRIVE. U TEXT. U Pay”: In conjunction with April’s National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee will participate in its enforcement campaign taking place April 11-15, 2019 entitled: “U DRIVE. U TEXT. U Pay”. Plans are underway by GTSC to host a press event in Saratoga Springs, NY to kick-off this enforcement initiative on April 9th at the Saratoga Springs City Center in cooperation with the Truck Association of New York and other traffic safety partners. New York’s law enforcement participation in this national enforcement mobilization optional, however strongly encouraged with high visibility, stepped-up enforcement of cell phone and texting violations to coincide with this NHTSA sponsored initiative. You may charge officer overtime for distracted driving enforcement activities as your approved 2019 GTSC Police Traffic Service budget allows. NHTSA has also developed a robust social media strategy designed to raise public awareness about the consequences of texting and driving. Please visit https://www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov/get-materials/distracted-driving/u-drive-u-text-u-pay/peak-enforcement-kit for information on this mobilization and for other resource materials. We look forward to your agency’s participation and support of this campaign and please feel free to contact your GTSC Program Representative or any of the GTSC Law Enforcement Liaisons with questions you may have.
“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).
“Upcoming Pedestrian Safety for Law Enforcement Train-the-Trainer Courses in 2019:
“May 2019 NHTSA Click It or Ticket - Buckle Up New York Enforcement Mobilization”: The statewide Buckle Up New York – Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization targeting Day & Night safety belt use will take place May 20 – June 2, 2019. Start planning for this initiative and visit NHTSA’s Traffic Safety Marketing page at http://www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov/ciot , 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 NYSACOP Traffic Programs page at www.nychiefs.org.
On May 20th from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., the opening day of the BUNY-CIOT enforcement mobilization, we will again look to our New York law enforcement agencies that share or are near borders of neighboring states to participate in the Border-to-Border Initiative (B2B). The purpose of this collaborative endeavor 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. 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. You may also consider and plan to host your own Border-to-Border enforcement details in cooperation with other law enforcement agencies in your area at non-designated locations. Learn more about this initiative 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 Assn. of Chiefs of Police, NYS Sheriffs Association or New York State Police.
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.
“TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT IS LAW ENFORCEMENT”