Governor's Traffic Safety Committee

Law Enforcement Partner's Page

Traffic Safety Resources

Law Enforcement Training Video on Distracted Driving

New York's Younger Driver Toolkit

Traffic Safety Resources from NHTSA at

Graduated Driver License Pocket Guides at NYS Department of Health Teen Driving Safety

Hispanic Buckle Up Toolkit

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the National Latino Children's Institute (NLCI) developed this Web-based toolkit to educate immigrant Hispanics about the importance of seat belts and increase the use in the population.

Hazlo por tu familia, ¡abróchate el cinturón! Do it for your family, buckle up!

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, traffic crashes are the leading cause of death in the United States among Hispanics under age 34.

NLCI learned that the greatest motivator for underscoring the importance of using a seat belt every time immigrants rode in a vehicle were the emotions evoked by family. Using images and a few phrases, along with reminders of the importance of the family were the best motivators to increase seat belt use.

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Upcoming Enforcement Dates

STOP-DWI Crackdown Dates

Halloween: October 26 - November 1, 2018
Thanksgiving: November 21 - 25, 2018
Holiday Season (National): December 14 - January 2, 2019

Events, Announcements & Training

Highway Safety ConferenceAnnual New York Highway Safety Symposium

Registration is Open
October 15 - 18, 2018 at The Crowne Plaza Hotel in Lake Placid
See the Annual New York Highway Safety Symposium page or ITSMR Events page

Operation Safe Stop EnforcementOperation Safe Stop Education and Enforcement Day

Operation Safe Stop Education and Enforcement Day for 2018 was Thursday, April 26, 2018.

Buckle Up New York, Day and Night
Stuck With a Ticket at YouTube

Buckle Up New York, Click it or Ticket

Occupant Restraint Check
Nighttime Seatbelt Enforcement
Saratoga Springs Police Department and New York State Police

What's New in the V & T

A Summary of Recent Traffic Safety Related Changes to the Vehicle & Traffic Law

Effective November 1, 2019 - Children under 2 must be in a rear-facing child seat.

All children under the age of 2 must use a rear-facing car seat until they are two years old or reach the highest weight or height limit allowed by the manufacturer of the car seat. For babies that outgrow their infant-only car seat, a convertible or 3-in-1 car seat should be used in the rear-facing position until they outgrow the maximum height and weight for the rear-facing position. See the Safety Seat & Seat Belt Law page.


Updated January 17, 2017 - Operation of vehicles when approaching a parked, stopped or standing authorized emergency vehicle or hazard vehicle or vehicle displaying a blue or green light.

Railroad Grade Crossing

Vehicle and Traffic Law Changes - Effective November 1, 2016

Changes to the laws include:

Hand-Held Cell Phone and Portable Electronic Device Use is Prohibited while Driving

Changes to the laws include:


Effective February 22, 2010 - Laws for Young Drivers (pdf)


Effective December 18, 2009 - Information on Leandra's Law


Effective November 24, 2009 all children under the age of 8 must be restrained in an appropriate child restraint system while riding in a motor vehicle.

DRE - Drug Recognition Expert Program

The application period for the Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) School is open until Wednesday, October 10, 2018. Please see requirements and details at the DRE Training page.


The International Drug Evaluation & Classification (DRE) Program provides resources for DRE officers and trainers.

Information about the New York State's Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Program, including:

Police Graduate from Drug Recognition Expert Class - Wednesday, March 2, 2011 Article and photos from the Albany Times Union


Publications & Studies