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 Tool-kit

Traffic Safety Resources from NHTSA at

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

To order the GDL Guides from NYS DOH please use this link:

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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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 8-15, 2019). 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:

Upcoming Enforcement Dates

STOP-DWI Crackdown Dates

Memorial Day: May 24 - 28, 2019
July 4th: July 3 - 7, 2019
Labor Day (National): August 14 - September 2, 2019

Events, Announcements & Training

"No Empty Chair" Teen Initiative April 29 - May 3, 2019

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 29 - May 3, 2019.

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 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:

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 EnforcementOperation Safe Stop Education and Enforcement Day

Operation Safe Stop Education and Enforcement Day for 2019 is Thursday, May 2.

The Operation Safe Stop Reporting Form for May 2, 2019 enforcement activities is available. The due date for agencies to submit the online form is May 16, 2019.

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

Buckle Up New York, Click it or Ticket

Seat Belt Mobilization Enforcement: May 20 - June 2, 2019 including Border-to-Border detail on May 20

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

What's New in the V & T

Upcoming and 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 Child Safety Seats for Parents and Caregivers.

DRE - Drug Recognition Expert Program

Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) School for 2019

The application period for the Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) School scheduled for September 2 - 13, 2019 is open until Friday, May 10, 2019. 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