/Best Practices

MD TSRP May Blog: Carroll v. State: Good Faith Reliance on Search Warrants

By David Daggett On May 2, 2019, the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland decided the case of Derrick Carroll v. State, No. 510, September Term, 2017. The opinion was written by Senior Judge James A. Kenney, III and is a really good refresher on United States v. Leon,  468 U.S. 897 (1984) and “good [...]

MD TSRP May Blog: Carroll v. State: Good Faith Reliance on Search Warrants2019-05-30T12:24:55-04:00

LEL April Webinar: The Three Phases of an Impaired Driving Arrest

Impaired driving cases can be difficult to prosecute, but are made easier when the arresting officer follows a concrete investigation process. In this webinar, Michigan Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor Ken Stecker elaborates on three specific phases law enforcement officers should move through during an impaired driving investigation: 1) “Vehicle in Motion;” 2) “Personal Contact” with [...]

LEL April Webinar: The Three Phases of an Impaired Driving Arrest2019-04-17T14:57:22-04:00

NHTSA Impaired Driving Update: April 2019

The April 2019 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 2019 >>

NHTSA Impaired Driving Update: April 20192019-04-12T11:28:03-04:00

LEL March Webinar: Click It or Ticket: What’s New in 2019

It is time to get ready for the 2019 Click It or Ticket (CIOT) campaign. Representatives from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) discussed the Border-to-Border enforcement effort, reviewed the agency’s planned media strategy, offered innovative communications tactics that state and local agencies can implement, and previewed new materials developed for the campaign. Florida LEL Supervisor [...]

LEL March Webinar: Click It or Ticket: What’s New in 20192019-03-21T15:06:31-04:00

Montana’s Impaired Driving Scenario-Based Training

By Glenn Cramer DETECTING IMPAIRED DRIVERS IS difficult and obtaining a conviction in an impaired driving case can also be challenging. Impaired driving laws are complex, as is collecting the evidence needed to define and demonstrate impairment. Four years ago, the Montana Highway Patrol (MHP) did a self-assessment of the basic impaired driving enforcement training [...]

Montana’s Impaired Driving Scenario-Based Training2019-03-07T19:17:34-04:00

LEL February Webinar: Disconnecting Drivers from Distraction: U Drive. U Text. U Pay.

This webinar helped attendees get ready for this year's National Distracted Driving Enforcement Mobilization: U Drive. U Text. U Pay. Significant numbers of drivers fail to give the road their full attention when they are behind the wheel, and law enforcement is a critical partner in deterring this dangerous behavior. The National Highway Traffic Safety [...]

LEL February Webinar: Disconnecting Drivers from Distraction: U Drive. U Text. U Pay.2019-03-07T16:09:56-04:00

NHTSA Impaired Driving Update: January 2019

The January 2019 issue of the NHTSA Impaired Driving Update is available. (Impaired Driving Update is posted with permission from NHTSA.) Download NHTSA's Impaired Driving Update: January 2019 >>

NHTSA Impaired Driving Update: January 20192019-03-06T17:22:47-04:00

Railway Situational Awareness

In December 2018, the Association of American Railroads’ Railway Alert Network (RAN) sent out a message highlighting the importance of situational awareness for law enforcement officers conducting operations on or near rail crossings and railroad tracks. This was prompted by the death of two Chicago police officers who were struck by a commuter railroad train while [...]

Railway Situational Awareness2019-03-06T17:22:47-04:00

LEL January Webinar: 50 Ways to Weave Your (Impaired Driving) Report

We started off our 2019 LEL Webinar Series with a prosecutor’s perspective on writing a better impaired driving arrest report. A detailed and well-written report is critical to the successful prosecution of an impaired driving case. In this webinar, Maryland Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor David Daggett provides tips on crafting a report that will help law [...]

LEL January Webinar: 50 Ways to Weave Your (Impaired Driving) Report2019-03-07T16:13:43-04:00

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 [...]

MD TSRP December Blog: Steck v. State: A Not So Simple Simon2019-03-06T17:22:48-04:00

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 >>

Hardcore Drunk Driving: Law Enforcement Guide2018-12-20T11:50:10-04:00

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: December 20182019-03-06T17:22:48-04:00

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 >>

NHTSA Impaired Driving Update: November 20182019-03-06T17:22:48-04:00

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. [...]

LEL October Webinar: Winter Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign: New Impaired Driving Resources & Tools2019-03-07T16:26:56-04:00

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 [...]

MD TSRP September Blog: Baez v. State – Out-of-State Window Tint Violations2019-03-06T17:22:48-04:00

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: October 20182019-03-06T17:22:48-04:00

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 >>

NHTSA Impaired Driving Update: September 20182019-03-06T17:22:49-04:00

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 [...]

MD TSRP August Blog: What Juries Really Think2019-03-06T17:22:49-04:00

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 >>

NHTSA Impaired Driving Update: August 20182019-03-06T17:22:49-04:00