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MD TSRP December Blog: Steck v. State: A Not So Simple Simon

By David Daggett This month’s blog focuses on the case of Steck v. State, No. 705, September Term, 2017, Filed on November 28, 2018 with the opinion drafted by the Honorable Lynne Bataglia of the Court of Special Appeals. The case was originally tried in Worcester County by ASA Joaquin Cabrera and argued before the [...]

Hardcore Drunk Driving: Law Enforcement Guide

This publication from the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (formerly known as The Century Council) and the Institute of Police Technology and Management looks at "hardcore" (high-BAC or repeat offender) impaired drivers, how to identify them, best practices for the arrest and report writing, and model programs. Download Hardcore Drunk Driving: Law Enforcement Guide >>

NHTSA Impaired Driving Update: December 2018

The December 2018 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 2018 >>

NHTSA Impaired Driving Update: November 2018

The November 2018 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 2018 >>

LEL October Webinar: Winter Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign: New Impaired Driving Resources & Tools

Our October webinar was hosted in partnership with the Impaired Driving Division and Office of Communications and Consumer Information at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Speakers shared the latest details on the holiday Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement mobilization, along with the new drug-impaired driving campaign focus group insights and national television ad. [...]

MD TSRP September Blog: Baez v. State – Out-of-State Window Tint Violations

By David Daggett On August 31, 2018, the Court of Special Appeals published another Fourth Amendment case involving a stop based upon excessive window tint. While the good news is that the State won, I’m not exactly sure to what extent that we won. The appellant, Ronald Baez, was indicted by the Grand Jury for [...]

NHTSA Impaired Driving Update: October 2018

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

NHTSA Impaired Driving Update: September 2018

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

MD TSRP August Blog: What Juries Really Think

By David Daggett I recently came across a very interesting and enlightening article from the Cornell Law Review (Vol. 103, 2018) written by the Honorable Amy. J. St. Eve and Gretchen Scavo, entitled “What Juries Really Think: Practical Guidance for Trial Lawyers.” While Cornell Law School may not be the distinguished institute of higher learning [...]

NHTSA Impaired Driving Update: August 2018

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

Guide to Planning a Multi-State/Multi-Region Traffic Safety Summit

Over the past two years, state and federal entities in NHTSA Regions 1 and 2 have collaborated to plan several large multi-state and multi-region traffic safety summits. The individuals involved in the planning of these summits have developed a monograph that details the planning and execution of these events and have made this monograph available [...]

NHTSA Impaired Driving Update: July 2018

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

MD TSRP June-July Blog: Mack v. State: The Emasculation of Navarette v. California?

By David Daggett On June 5, 2018 the Maryland Court of  Special Appeals, in the case of Mack v. State, 2018 Md. LEXIS 309, limited Navarette v. California, 134 S. Ct. 1683 (2014) as a tool in the police and prosecutor tool belt, at least when it comes to stopping suspected impaired drivers. In the [...]

LEL June Webinar: 2018 Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over National Campaign and the Road to Zero

The 2018 national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement mobilization focuses on stopping drunk drivers through a combination of law enforcement efforts and public awareness. In this webinar, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) updated attendees on ongoing and upcoming law enforcement initiatives and shared its media plan and accompanying materials. The session [...]

MD TSRP May-June Blog: Byrd v. U.S. – Right to Privacy in a Rental Vehicle

By David Daggett On May 14, the Supreme Court of the United States issued the opinion of Byrd v. U.S., 2018 U.S. LEXIS 2803, a case in which the central issue was whether someone in otherwise lawful possession and control of a rental car had a reasonable expectation of privacy in that vehicle, even if [...]

NHTSA Impaired Driving Update: June 2018

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

NHTSA Impaired Driving Update: May 2018

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

LEL April Webinar: What’s New in DRE, SFST & ARIDE? IACP Briefing on 2018 Curricula

The National LEL Program’s April webinar featured a briefing from the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) on its new 2018 Drug Recognition Expert (DRE), Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST), and Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) curricula. IACP’s Kyle Clark highlighted the features and latest updates to each course, which the National Highway [...]

MD TSRP March-April Blog: Traffic Stops – Reasonable Length of Detention

By David Daggett The Maryland Court of Special Appeals issued an opinion on April 2, 2018 in the case of Carter v. State, No. 290, September Term, 2017, with the opinion authored by Judge Fader. If I didn’t know better I’d swear the Court based its legal analysis upon the MSAA PowerPoint of Stops, Searches [...]

NHTSA Impaired Driving Update: April 2018

The April 2018 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 2018 >>