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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 Warrants2019-05-30T12:24:55-05:00

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 Arrest2019-04-17T14:57:22-05:00

Texas LEL Named First Responder of the Week

Texas LEL Katie Alexander recently received a very touching tribute, courtesy of Houston radio station The New 93Q. Katie’s daughter nominated her for the station's "First Responder of the Week" award and the station surprised her with this news on the air during their morning show. Congratulations to Katie on receiving this honor—it is [...]

Texas LEL Named First Responder of the Week2019-04-12T12:44:32-05:00

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 20192019-03-21T15:06:31-05:00

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 Training2019-03-07T19:17:34-05:00

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 Simon2019-03-06T17:22:48-05:00

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 Think2019-03-06T17:22:49-05:00

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 [...]

Guide to Planning a Multi-State/Multi-Region Traffic Safety Summit2018-07-18T17:46:14-05:00

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 [...]

MD TSRP May-June Blog: Byrd v. U.S. – Right to Privacy in a Rental Vehicle2019-03-06T17:22:49-05:00

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 [...]

MD TSRP March-April Blog: Traffic Stops – Reasonable Length of Detention2019-03-06T17:22:49-05:00

MD TSRP January-February Blog: Sobriety Checkpoints

By David Daggett While this is may not be a topic of significant interest to many of you, it is one that prosecutors need be aware of as it has been pointed out that a couple of jurisdictions have had some problems in their courtrooms recently with sobriety checkpoint DUI cases. That’s really quite surprising [...]

MD TSRP January-February Blog: Sobriety Checkpoints2019-03-06T17:22:50-05:00

LEL February Webinar: U Drive. U Text. U Pay. – 2018 National Distracted Driving Campaign

Distracted driving continues to be a complex issue for law enforcement to address. In advance of the April 2018 National Distracted Driving Campaign, U Drive. U Text. U Pay., this webinar will provide the audience with key tools to address this behavior, including new and improved resources, training options, enforcement strategies, and action items for the [...]

LEL February Webinar: U Drive. U Text. U Pay. – 2018 National Distracted Driving Campaign2019-03-06T17:22:50-05:00

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 [...]

MD TSRP December Blog: Marijuana: Probable Cause and Search Incident to Arrest2019-03-06T17:22:50-05:00

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 [...]

NLELP December Webinar: DDACTS – Today and Tomorrow2019-03-06T17:22:50-05:00

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 [...]

MD TSRP November Blog: To PBT or not to PBT: That is the Question2019-03-06T17:22:51-05:00

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 [...]

NLELP November Webinar: Move Over: Promoting First Responder Safety through Communications2019-03-06T17:22:51-05:00

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 [...]

MD TSRP October Blog: Inventory Searches. AKA “Inventory Searches?”2019-03-06T17:22:51-05:00

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 [...]

NLELP August Webinar: Best Practices for Traffic Incident Management2017-08-09T17:29:03-05:00

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 [...]

MD TSRP July Blog: State v. Sizer: Flight to Avoid Interaction with Police2019-03-06T17:22:52-05:00

NLELP June Webinar: 2017 Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign

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 [...]

NLELP June Webinar: 2017 Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign2019-03-06T17:22:52-05:00