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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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:

Upcoming Enforcement Dates

STOP-DWI Crackdown Dates

Memorial Day: May 25 - 29, 2018
July 4th: July 4 - 8, 2018
Labor Day (National): August 17 - September 3, 2018

Events, Announcements & Training

"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 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 Enforcement

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 form is by May 11, 2018. Forms can either be faxed to the GTSC at 518-473-6946 or emailed to the GTSC at

The 2017 Operation Safe Stop Enforcement Report (pdf) for April 27, 2017 enforcement activities is available.

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 21 – June 3, 2018 including Border-to-Border detail on May 21

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.

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