Below are resources to help law enforcement personnel and decision makers establish and run effective enforcement operations.
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 obviously crafted by defense attorneys and […]
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 about the approval process for […]
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 addressing the issue of inventory searches […]
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 CMV-related changes to the Model […]
The 2017 Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over (DSOGPO) national enforcement mobilization will run from August 18 to September 4. DSOGPO focuses on law enforcement efforts to stop drunk drivers. The campaign highlights a constant police presence on the lookout for drunk drivers as a way of deterring people from drinking and driving.
In this webinar, NHTSA’s Office of Impaired Driving […]
By David Daggett
It seems like it was just yesterday that I wrote Blog #1 and now here I am on #50. I look back on some of those early ones and ask myself, “You attached your name to that!?!” Many of you probably look at most of them and think the same thing. Fair enough, but be that as it […]
“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).
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 case in question is Norman v. […]
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 the most exciting of topics, […]
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 who were killed on our […]
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 Training Course, federal distracted driving […]
The national Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor (TSRP) program hosts a monthly webinar series called “Traffic Tuesdays.” The webinar series focuses on issues of impaired driving and traffic safety and are crafted to be relevant to a nationwide audience of prosecutors, law enforcement, and traffic safety professionals. The following is a list of their 2016 webinars, along with links to recordings, […]