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National LEL Training Conference

Save the Date! November 13-15, 2017 Maritime Conference Center Linthicum Heights, MD The National LEL Training Conference, funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), is designed to provide LELs with opportunities to network with their counterparts across the country, participate in high-quality training sessions on best practices, and hear from leading experts about the most pressing issues in law enforcement and [...]

NLELP May Webinar: The Road to Zero: Collaborating with Law Enforcement to Prevent Deaths on our Roadways

Road to Zero (RTZ) is a collaborative effort of more than 250 organizations focused on ending traffic fatalities on our roadways within 30 years. The National Safety Council (NSC) leads the initiative as a partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation, including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and [...]

NTLC Between the Lines: Breath Testing for Cannabis

"Breath Testing for Cannabis: An Emerging Tool with Great Potential for Law Enforcement," is the topic of the most recent issue of Between the Lines, the newsletter of the National District Attorneys Association's (NDAA) National Traffic Law Center (NTLC). Download the issue >> Between the Lines archives >>

NHTSA Impaired Driving Update: April/May 2017

The April/May 2017 issue of the NHTSA Impaired Driving Update is available. (Impaired Driving Update is posted with permission from NHTSA.) Download NHTSA's Impaired Driving Update: April/May 2017 >>

NLELP April Webinar: Distracted Driving for Emergency Vehicle Drivers

This session looked at the distractions encountered by emergency vehicle operators while on duty and the effects these distractions have on the job. The speaker discussed the problematic tasks encountered while driving an emergency vehicle, the human factors of emergency vehicle operations, and distraction prevention measures. Speaker: Dia Gainor is the Executive Director and a [...]

LEL Professional Development Course

June 6-8, 2017, and August 15-17, 2017 Transportation Safety Institute Oklahoma City, OK This course provides foundational knowledge critical for Law Enforcement Liaisons to be effective at the state and local level, and to develop/enhance the skills necessary to engage with law enforcement leaders in a meaningful way that can influence action.  The course emphasizes [...]

NHTSA Region 1 Partners Update: Spring 2017

The Spring 2017 issue of the NHTSA Region 1 Partners Update is available. (Region 1 Partners Update is posted with permission from NHTSA.) Download the NHTSA Region 1 Partners Update: Spring 2017 >>

Tips to Testify: Lay Witnesses vs. Expert Witnesses

By The Honorable Earl G. Penrod MOST LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS WHO are called upon to testify are highly trained and skilled professionals. Through their education and experience, officers effectively assess and investigate a variety of circumstances and arrive at appropriate opinions and conclusions. However, during testimony, officers are sometimes surprised when they are prohibited from [...]

The LEL | April 2017

In This Issue: Reducing Line of Duty Deaths | Safety Culture | Steve Cardarella | Best Practices | Oral Fluid Testing | First Person | Partner Spotlight: Below 100 | Tips to Testify | Training and Research | Awards and Events | Traffic Safety Calendar Download The LEL | Apr 2017 >>

MD TSRP April Blog: Norman V. State: A Pat Down of Passengers for Weapons, Based Upon the Odor of Marijuana Alone, Is Unlawful

In the immortal words of Ricky Ricardo, “Ai Yi Yi!” On March 27, 2017, the Maryland Court of Appeals handed down an opinion that has wide-scale implications regarding what law enforcement officers may do upon stopping a vehicle and detecting the odor of marijuana (or other drugs for that matter) coming from the vehicle. The [...]

NHTSA Impaired Driving Update: March 2017

The March 2017 issue of the NHTSA Impaired Driving Update is available. (Impaired Driving Update is posted with permission from NHTSA.) Download NHTSA Impaired Driving Update: March 2017 >>

MD TSRP February/March Blog: Electronic Search Warrants

I’m not sure if I was suffering from writers block in February, whether there was nothing much of interest to write about, or whether the legislative session was just taking up too much of my time, but whatever the case may have been, I am merging the February and March blogs herein. While still not [...]

NLELP March Webinar (II): Get Ready for the Click It or Ticket Mobilization

The national Click It or Ticket mobilization enforcement period will run from May 22 to June 4, 2017. Law enforcement efforts “on the ground” are the key to making this mobilization success. Safety belt use rates are up substantially since the initiation of these national mobilizations; however, nearly half of the 22,441 passenger vehicle occupants [...]

NLELP March Webinar (I): Distracted Driving Enforcement: Resources for LELs and LEOs

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and now is the time to plan your marketing and enforcement efforts. This webinar looked at NHTSA’s new marketing materials for the distracted driving campaign, as well as NHTSA’s Distracted Driving Enforcement Guide and previous enforcement highlights. It also included an overview of NHTSA’s new Law Enforcement Virtual [...]

NLELP February Webinar: Highly Autonomous Vehicles and the Issues Facing Law Enforcement

This webinar provided attendees with an overview of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Federal Automated Vehicles Policy and the ongoing work of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) Autonomous Vehicle Working Group. The session focused on issues facing law enforcement as these new technologies are tested and deployed on our roadways. Speaker: [...]

NHTSA Impaired Driving Update: February 2017

The February 2017 issue of the NHTSA Impaired Driving Update is available. (Impaired Driving Update is posted with permission from NHTSA.) Download NHTSA's Impaired Driving Update: February 2017 >>

NLELP January Webinar: Law Enforcement Partnership Forums

This webinar examined the concept and development of the Law Enforcement Partnership Forum, a roundtable discussion format that brings local law enforcement, state highway safety office staff, and members of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regional and headquarters staff together for a listening and learning session. The goal of the forums is to [...]

Tips to Testify: Pro se, Pro Per and Self-Represented Litigants

By The Honorable Earl G. Penrod MOST LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS appreciate that testifying in court is an important responsibility and merits proper preparation. Being examined and cross-examined by aggressive attorneys can be somewhat stressful, regardless of the nature of the case. Police officers also should anticipate and prepare for the special challenges and potential pitfalls [...]

The LEL | January 2017

In This Issue: Networking Opportunities | Best Practices | Judicial DRE Education | First Person | Region 7 Spotlight | Partner Spotlight: NSC | Tips to Testify | Awards and Events | Traffic Safety Calendar Cover Story: Texas Department of Transportation Takes the Bull by the Horns: A Data-Driven Approach to Crime and Traffic Safety [...]

Texas Department of Transportation Takes the Bull by the Horns: A Data-Driven Approach to Crime and Traffic Safety

This article is reprinted with permission from The Police Chief magazine, published by the International Association of Chiefs of Police. By Daniel A. Howard, MA, CPM, Commander (Ret.), Mount Laurel, New Jersey Police Department and Peggy M. Schaefer, MPM, DDACTS Project Manager, IADLEST “Personally, I think NHTSA and TxDOT have done more to enhance the [...]