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Posting for a DRE Technical Assistant to the State DRE Coordinator. See announcement on the position, including desired background and how to apply. Apply by May 15, 2015.

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is kicking off its second national high visibility enforcement campaign for distracted driving: "U Drive. U Text. U Pay" (April 10 – 15, 2015). 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:

Traffic Safety Resources

Law Enforcment Training Video on Distracted Driving

New York's Younger Driver Toolkit

Traffic Safety Resources from NHTSA at

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

  • Enforcement Campaign for Distracted Driving — April 10 – 15, 2015
  • Operation Safe Stop Education and Enforcement Day — Thursday, April 16, 2015
  • Seat Belt Mobilization Enforcement Dates — May 18 – 31, 2015

DWI Crackdown Dates for 2015

Memorial Day Weekend — May 22-May 26
July 4th — July 3 – July 6
Labor Day National Crackdown — August 21 – September 7
Holiday National Crackdown — December

Events, Announcements & Training

"Empty Chair" Teen Initiative April 20 - 24, 2015

To complement the ongoing teen driver educational efforts, GTSC is encouraging law enforcement to participate in a new "Empty Chair" teen initiative during the week of April 20 - 24, 2015.

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.

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 2015 Police Traffic Services (PTS) grant. These details should be conducted in the vicinity of high schools whenever possible.

  • Monday, April 20, 2015 – Speeding in School Zones;
  • Tuesday, April 21, 2015 – Seatbelts and Child Restraints;
  • Wednesday, April 22, 2015 – Cell Phone Use and Texting;
  • Thursday, April 23, 2015 – Graduated Driver License Provisions
  • Friday, April 24, 2015 – Underage Drinking and Impaired Driving


Highway Safety ConferenceNew York Highway Safety Symposium

October 18 - 21, 2015 at the Doubletree by Hilton in Binghamton, NY
Exhibitor applications are being accepted. external link
Information will be posted here as it becomes available.

Operation Safe Stop Enforcement

Operation Safe Stop Education and Enforcement Day

Operation Safe Stop Education and Enforcement Day for 2015 is Thursday, April 16, 2015.

The Operation Safe Stop Reporting Form for April 16, 2015 enforcement activities is available. The due date for agencies to submit the form is ON or BEFORE April 30, 2015. Forms can either be faxed to the GTSC at 518-473-6946 or emailed to the GTSC at

2014 Operation Safe Stop Enforcement Report for April 3, 2014 enforcement activities.
Data Report for 2014


Who do I call for TraCs help?


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

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

Seat Belt Mobilization Enforcement:  May 18 - 31, 2015

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

What's New in the V&T

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

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

Changes to the laws include:


Effective January 1, 2011 - Operation of vehicles when approaching a parked, stopped or standing authorized emergency vehicle.


Effective February 22, 2010 - Laws for Young Drivers - in pdf format


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.

  • An appropriate child restraint system is one that meets the child's size and weight and the specifications of the manufacturer of such system.
  • A child restraint system may be a child safety seat, harness, vest or a booster seat.
  • The vehicle's safety belt alone is NOT a child restraint system.

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.

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

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

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


Publications & Studies