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April 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 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.

 Upcoming GTSC Below 100 Train-the-Trainer Courses – April 16 and May 22, 2019”The New York Governor's Traffic Safety Committee is pleased to announce its plans to sponsor the officer safety focused Below 100 Train-the-Trainer Program in 2019.  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 are currently coordinating two regional trainings being held April 16th at the Erie County Law Enforcement Training Academy in Williamsville, NY (Erie County), and May 22nd at the Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Office in Troy, NY (Rensselaer County).  A substantial effort is being made here in New York State to get as many agencies as possible trained and involved in Below 100 programs.  For additional information contact LEL Nick Macherone @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. regarding the April 16th training, and LEL Anthony D’Agostino @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the May 22nd training.

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:

As part of its ongoing efforts to reduce pedestrian-related motor vehicle crashes in communities across NYS through a comprehensive approach that incorporates awareness, education and enforcement programs, the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee in cooperation with other state and federal partners will host NHTSA’s redesigned, one-day Pedestrian Safety for Law Enforcement Train-the-Trainer courses in April. Trainings that are instructed by active law enforcement officers have been scheduled in the following counties: Westchester (4/8), Monroe (4/29), Onondaga (4/30).  The course introduces New York’s Pedestrian Safety Action Plan (www.ny.gov/pedsafety), data, and a detailed look at current pedestrian crash issues. Officers will be provided with tools and strategies for the effective implementation of pedestrian education and enforcement countermeasures. The link to register for any of these training locations is:  http://www.safeny.ny.gov/PedTraining/.  Additional information on the training is also available by contacting GTSC Program Representative Jim Knapp at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 518.473-4734, or Liaison Nick Macherone at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or 518.474-4935.

“Practical Guidelines for Motorcycle Safety & Enforcement Training”: With the prime 2019 motorcycle riding season now upon us, we ask our law enforcement partners to consider attending one of the upcoming regional GTSC sponsored Practical Guidelines for Motorcycle Safety & Enforcement training programs.  The goal of the training is to introduce law enforcement to the national and state specific motorcycle enforcement issues in effort to reduce the number of deaths and injuries from motorcycle related crashes. The course is instructed by a team of subject matter experts representing the New York State Police, and the Town of Colonie Police Department. The remaining data-driven regions in the state for the training this year include Erie County (April 11th) and Monroe County (April 12th). We are also considering re-scheduling the training class for Suffolk County that was canceled on February 20th.  Questions about the training may be directed to GTSC Program Representative Aubrey Feldman 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..

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 program. 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.

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.






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