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NHTSA Impaired Driving Update: January 2018

The January 2018 issue of the NHTSA Impaired Driving Update is available. (Impaired Driving Update is posted with permission from NHTSA.) Download NHTSA Impaired Driving Update: January 2018 >>

MD TSRP December Blog: Marijuana: Probable Cause and Search Incident to Arrest

By David Daggett The Maryland Court of Special Appeals placed an early Christmas present under the collective trees of police and prosecutors on November 29, 2017 in the form of Barrett v. State, No. 530, September Term, 2016 (Judge Graeff.) Upon reading the opinion I felt like Ralphie unwrapping with great anticipation his Red Ryder [...]

NLELP December Webinar: DDACTS – Today and Tomorrow

DDACTS (Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety) can be a powerful tool in reducing traffic violations and saving lives. A law enforcement operations model supported by a partnership between the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Bureau of Justice Assistance, and the National Institute of Justice, DDACTS uses location-based crash, crime, calls for service [...]

NHTSA Impaired Driving Update: December 2017

The December 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: December 2017 >>

MD TSRP November Blog: To PBT or not to PBT: That is the Question

By David Daggett With apologies to William Shakespeare, this month’s blog will address preliminary breath tests and their impact on police and prosecutors in the prosecution of impaired drivers. The preliminary breath test statute is located in the Maryland Traffic Code at TR § 16-205.2. Like many statutes, the language in the PBT section was [...]

NLELP November Webinar: Move Over: Promoting First Responder Safety through Communications

Law enforcement officers and first responders put their lives on the line every time they have to work on the side of a busy roadway. All 50 states have “Move Over” laws to protect law enforcement officers and other first responders, but fewer than three-quarters of the public are aware of these laws. The National [...]

“Road Wise” Officer Safety Training

Two Class Options: One-day Seminar January 24, 2018 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. $159 per person Train-the-Trainer January 24–26, 2018 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. $695 per person Location: Ohio State Highway Patrol Training Academy, Columbus, OH Every year, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund reports on Line of Duty Deaths in the U.S. Traffic-related incidents are one [...]

NHTSA Impaired Driving Update: November 2017

The November 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: November 2017 >>

Motor Vehicle Fatalities 2007-2016 by State

In 2016, 37,461 people were killed in motor vehicle-related incidents, a 5.6% increase from the previous year. Fatalities rose in 40 of 53 U.S. states and territories, and in nine of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) 10 regions. The following are state-level fatality charts provided by NHTSA's National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA) [...]

The LEL | October 2017

In this Issue: Operation Southern Shield | Encouraging Enforcement | Best Practices | Rural Seat Belt Use | Data and the LEL | Partner Spotlight: Operation CARE | Tips to Testify | Training & Research | Awards & Events | Traffic Safety Calendar Download The LEL | Oct 2017 >>

Tips to Testify: Standard of Proof

By Judge Earl G. Penrod LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS regularly testify in criminal matters brought by the government against an individual. Law enforcement may also be called upon to testify in a civil action, such as a lawsuit for personal injuries filed by one driver against another. In a number of jurisdictions, some traffic violations are [...]

NLELP October Webinar: Winter Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Enforcement Mobilization & Minnesota eWarrants Best Practices

The October LEL webinar featured the latest updates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on the winter Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement mobilization, followed by a best practice presentation featuring Minnesota’s eWarrants system for blood draws and reporting. The eWarrants system has shown a drastic reduction in Minnesota’s refusal rate. Learn [...]

MD TSRP October Blog: Inventory Searches. AKA “Inventory Searches?”

By David Daggett As was briefly touched on in last month’s blog, one of the “exceptions” to the warrant requirement under the Fourth Amendment is the inventory search, or, as it is sometimes referred, “inventory search?”  The Maryland Court of Special Appeals just released a new opinion written by Judge Moylan on September 28, 2017 [...]

NHTSA Impaired Driving Update: October 2017

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

NLELP September Webinar: Large Truck & Bus Traffic Enforcement Training Program

This webinar provided information on a number of resources and changes that impact commercial motor vehicle (CMV) enforcement. Topics covered included an introduction to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) basic CMV Traffic Enforcement Training Program; a look at the CMV crash data; marketing strategies to educate motorists about CMV safety; an overview of [...]

National LEL Training Conference

November 13-15, 2017 Maritime Conference Center Linthicum Heights, MD Network with 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 traffic safety. Agenda & Speakers | Hotel & Travel | Conference Materials The National LEL Training Conference is funded by the National Highway [...]

NHTSA Impaired Driving Update: August 2017

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

NLELP August Webinar: Best Practices for Traffic Incident Management

Effective traffic incident clearance is an important means of improving safety and reducing congestion delays. This webinar provided an overview of Traffic Incident Management and discussed the safety benefits to both the motorists and the first responders. The speakers discussed how good TIM practices can improve overall policing, how to build effective working relationships with [...]

MD TSRP July Blog: State v. Sizer: Flight to Avoid Interaction with Police

The case of Sizer v. State, 2017 Md. LEXIS 270 is currently pending before the Maryland Court of Appeals, after cert was granted to the defendant following his take down by the Court of Special Appeals in State v. Sizer, 230 Md. App 640 (2016). The case has meandered down a long and winding road [...]

Tips to Testify: Written Reports: Past Recollection Recorded

By Judge Earl G. Penrod THERE ARE TIMES WHEN AN OFFICER MAY testify in court many weeks, months or perhaps years following an event. As a result, it may be difficult for the officer to remember the details and circumstances surrounding the event. Fortunately, officers are trained to prepare detailed written reports at the time [...]