Law Enforcement Training Video on Distracted Driving
New York's Younger Driver Toolkit
Traffic Safety Resources from NHTSA at http://www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov/
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.
Get your toolkit now https://www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov/get-materials/seat-belts/hispanic-buckle-toolkit
April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is kicking off its national high visibility enforcement campaign for distracted driving: "U Drive. U Text. U Pay" (April 12 – 16, 2018). They are supporting this enforcement campaign with public information, in English and Spanish language television, radio and digital advertising. To access this information for your local campaign visit: https://www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov/get-materials/distracted-driving/u-drive-u-text-u-pay
STOP-DWI Crackdown Dates
Memorial Day: May 25 - 29, 2018
July 4th: July 4 - 8, 2018
Labor Day (National): August 17 - September 3, 2018
"No Empty Chair" Teen Initiative April 23 - 27, 2018
To complement the ongoing teen driver educational efforts, GTSC is encouraging law enforcement to participate in a new "No Empty Chair" teen initiative during the week of April 23 - 27, 2018.
A key element to keeping teens safe is education. Law enforcement agencies that have School Resource Officers (SRO's) or a presence at high schools within your jurisdiction are also encouraged to conduct outreach this week and throughout the prom and graduation season. Educational materials are available at the GTSC Young Driver Toolkit using the link http://safeny.ny.gov/SRO-Toolkit/default.html. Posters for schools, police departments and other areas that teens frequent are also available.
Officers should be vigilant for Graduated Driving License (GDL) violations throughout the duration of the campaign. GDL tip cards for law enforcement are available for download at: http://safeny.ny.gov/SRO-Toolkit/publications.html
Please consider assigning patrols to focus on a different traffic safety threat each day of the week. Dedicated overtime enforcement to address this initiative is reimbursable under your FY2018 Police Traffic Services (PTS) grant. These details should be conducted in the vicinity of high schools whenever possible.
Operation Safe Stop Education and Enforcement Day
Operation Safe Stop Education and Enforcement Day for 2018 is Thursday, April 26, 2018.
The Operation Safe Stop Reporting Form for April 26, 2018 enforcement activities is available. The due date for agencies to submit the online form is May 11, 2018.
The 2017 Operation Safe Stop Enforcement Report (pdf) for April 27, 2017 enforcement activities is available.
Buckle Up New York, Click it or Ticket
Seat Belt Mobilization Enforcement: May 21 – June 3, 2018 including Border-to-Border detail on May 21
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.
"MOVE OVER LAW"
Railroad Grade Crossing
Vehicle and Traffic Law Changes - Effective November 1, 2016
Changes to the laws include:
TEXTING WHILE DRIVING LAW
Hand-Held Cell Phone and Portable Electronic Device Use is Prohibited while Driving
Changes to the laws include:
GRADUATED LICENSING LAW
Effective February 22, 2010 - Laws for Young Drivers (pdf)
TOUGH DWI PENALTIES
Effective December 18, 2009 - Information on Leandra's Law
LAW CHANGES THE MINIMUM AGE THAT A CHILD MUST REMAIN IN AN APPROPRIATE CHILD RESTRAINT SYSTEM
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.
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