Governor's Traffic Safety Committee

Law Enforcement Partner's Page

Traffic Safety Resources

Law Enforcment 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

Memorial Day: May 26 – 29, 2017
July 4th: June 30 – July 4, 2017
Labor Day (National): August 18 - September 4, 2017

Events, Announcements & Training

"No Empty Chair" Teen Initiative April 24 - 28, 2017

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 24 - 28, 2017.

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 FY2017 Police Traffic Services (PTS) grant. These details should be conducted in the vicinity of high schools whenever possible.


Highway Safety ConferenceNew York Highway Safety Symposium

October 15 - 18, 2017 at The Conference & Event Center in Niagara Falls

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Operation Safe Stop Enforcement

Operation Safe Stop Education and Enforcement Day

Operation Safe Stop Education and Enforcement Day for 2017 is Thursday, April 27, 2017.

The Operation Safe Stop Reporting Form for April 27, 2017 enforcement activities is available. The due date for agencies to submit the form is by May 12, 2017. Forms can either be faxed to the GTSC at 518-473-6946 or emailed to the GTSC at

The 2016 Operation Safe Stop Enforcement Report (MS Word) for April 21, 2016 enforcement activities is available.


Who do I call for TraCs help?

TraCS Logo

For TraCS help call the New York State TraCs hotline at 1-800-342-3619.
The website is and e-mail is

Buckle Up New York, Day and Night
Stuck With a Ticket 2011

Buckle Up New York, Click it or Ticket

The Occupant Protection for NYS Law Enforcement roll-call training DVD is available to all police agencies. This DVD can be obtained free of charge by contacting the GTSC at (518) 474-5111.

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


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

DRE School
Officers attending Drug Recognition Expert
training. Taking a blood pressure reading is
part of the process to recognize a
drug-impaired driver.

Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Instructor School for 2017

The application period is now open for the Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) 5 day Instructor School. Location will be in Yaphank on September 18 - 22, 2017. Applications are due by April 28, 2017. See the DRE Upcoming Training Class page for more information.

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