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May 2019

 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).  

May 2019 Motorcycle Safety & Awareness Month Press Event: On Thursday, May 2nd at 10:30 a.m. the NYS Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee in cooperation with the Nassau County will host a press event to help promote awareness about motorcycle safety. The press conference will be held at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in East Garden City, NY. Joining us in support of the May Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month event will be representatives from the DMV Motorcycle Safety Program, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, a victim advocate, and law enforcement officials representing the Nassau County and Garden City Police Departments. Please contact GTSC Motorcycle Program Manager Aubrey Feldman for additional information on this awareness campaign at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Also visit the NHTSA Traffic Safety Marketing page at http://www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov/ShareTheRoad to help spread the word about increasing motorcyclists’ safety and to enhance your motorcycle safety awareness programs.  

Upcoming GTSC Below 100 Train-the-Trainer Course – May 22, 2019”The New York Governor's Traffic Safety Committee is pleased to announce their plan and commitment to officer safety related programs in sponsoring its third Below 100 Train-the-Trainer Program on May 22nd at the Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Office in Troy, NY (Rensselaer County).  The initiative aims to reduce line of duty deaths (LODDs) nationally to below 100 annually. The training specifically focuses and incorporates 5-Core Tenets that are changing police culture and saving lives; “Wear Your Belt”; “Wear Your Vest”; “Watch Your Speed”; “What’s Important Now (WIN)”; and “Remember, Complacency Kills”. GTSC Law Enforcement Liaisons have taken the lead role in coordinating these regional trainings; the point-of-contact for the May 22nd training is LEL Anthony D’Agostino; he can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 “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. With our first highly-attended training class held March 15th in Suffolk County, our next regional training will focus in the western part of the state. For additional 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.

“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. 






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