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MD TSRP February Blog: Farewell to Fallen Comrades: An Appreciation

By David Daggett Now the sun's gone to hell            And the moon’s riding high Let me bid you farewell                Every man has to die But it's written in the starlight   And every line in your palm We're fools to make war             On our brothers in arms Brothers in Arms - Dire Straits I have elected [...]

MD TSRP February Blog: Farewell to Fallen Comrades: An Appreciation2019-03-06T17:22:58-05:00

MD TSRP January Blog: Highway Menaces: Take Away Their Privilege to Drive

By David Daggett On December 22, 2015, the Maryland Court of Appeals issued an opinion that gives prosecutors and judges another weapon in our arsenal to use against serious traffic offenders: Take away their privilege to drive. In the joined cases of Meyer v. State and State v. Rivera, 2015 Md. LEXIS 869, No. 21 [...]

MD TSRP January Blog: Highway Menaces: Take Away Their Privilege to Drive2019-03-06T17:22:58-05:00

Operation SPIDRE: Maryland’s Approach to High-Visibility Enforcement of Impaired Driving Laws

By Lt Colonel Jerry Jones (Ret), Chief, Field Operations Bureau, Maryland State Police and Thomas J. Gianni, Chief, Maryland Highway Safety Office, Maryland Department of Transportation, Motor Vehicles Administration Maryland’s Impaired Driving Problem Despite a dramatic decline in traffic-related fatalities over the past ten years, including the lowest level of fatalities in 2014 since 1948, [...]

Operation SPIDRE: Maryland’s Approach to High-Visibility Enforcement of Impaired Driving Laws2019-03-06T17:22:59-05:00

MD TSRP December Blog: Important Traffic Related Cases from Maryland and the Supreme Court

By David Daggett (Dedicated to the memory of Montgomery County Police Officer Noah Leotta) The holiday season is traditionally the time that record companies put out greatest hits and box set compilations in order to stimulate sluggish yearlong album sales. Oftentimes, those collections contain “hits” using the most liberal sense of the word, as evidenced [...]

MD TSRP December Blog: Important Traffic Related Cases from Maryland and the Supreme Court2019-03-06T17:22:59-05:00

MD TSRP November Blog: Collision Reconstruction for the Prosecution Made Simple (Part 2)

By David Daggett (Disclaimer: The author doesn’t claim to be now, nor has he ever been, a collision reconstructionist. While having prosecuted many cases involving the science - and having once stayed at a Holiday Inn Express - he has nonetheless always relied upon the expertise and tutelage of crash investigators when prepping for trial. [...]

MD TSRP November Blog: Collision Reconstruction for the Prosecution Made Simple (Part 2)2019-03-06T17:22:59-05:00

Maryland TSRP July Blog: Sobriety Checkpoints

By David Daggett Sobriety checkpoints have been shown to be an effective tool in the ongoing battle against impaired drivers - not necessarily because of the number of impaired drivers snared during the checkpoint, but due to the anti-drinking and driving message that is sent to the general public. This month’s Blog addresses sobriety checkpoints [...]

Maryland TSRP July Blog: Sobriety Checkpoints2019-03-06T17:23:00-05:00

Maryland TSRP June Blog: New Maryland Appellate Traffic Cases

by David Daggett The Maryland Court of Special Appeals recently issued two new, reported traffic related opinions favorable to prosecutors. The cases were Harding v. State, September Term, 2014, No. 1715 (opinion by J. Moylan) and Easter v. State, September Term, 2013, No. 1178 (opinion by J. Graeff), addressing issues related to impaired driving, blood [...]

Maryland TSRP June Blog: New Maryland Appellate Traffic Cases2019-03-06T17:23:00-05:00

Maryland TSRP May Blog: Rodriguez v. United States

by David Daggett Less than two weeks ago, the Supreme Court of the United States decided the case of Rodriguez v. United States, 2015 U.S. Lexis 2807, 575 U.S. ____ (2015). It immediately fostered discussion amongst police and prosecutors as to its effect on searches and seizures in various jurisdictions across the country. What effect, [...]

Maryland TSRP May Blog: Rodriguez v. United States2019-03-06T17:23:00-05:00

Maryland TSRP April Blog: Event Data Recorders

by David Daggett When investigating a fatal or life-threatening injury collision, it has pretty much become standard practice for law enforcement to download the data from the “little black box,” or Event Data Recorder, should the vehicle be so equipped. The information contained therein can be of utmost assistance to police and prosecutors in helping [...]

Maryland TSRP April Blog: Event Data Recorders2019-03-06T17:23:03-05:00

NLELP February Webinar: Becoming a Champion of Officer Safety

This webinar wass designed to inform LELs about the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF)/NHTSA partnership and to provide LELs with the necessary tools and resources to assist in empowering and mobilizing law enforcement agencies to protect officers in the line of duty. In addition, this webinar included real-world examples of officer safety best [...]

NLELP February Webinar: Becoming a Champion of Officer Safety2019-03-06T17:23:03-05:00

Maryland TSRP January Blog: Fleeing or Eluding Police

by David Daggett This month’s blog addresses Transportation Article TR §21-904, Fleeing and Eluding Police, chiefly the apparent dichotomy between subsections (b) and (c). I’ll also take a look at subsection (d), when the fleeing driver’s actions result in the bodily injury or death of another and (e), when the driver is fleeing to avoid [...]

Maryland TSRP January Blog: Fleeing or Eluding Police2019-03-06T17:23:03-05:00

Maryland TSRP November Blog: Charging the Passenger with Impaired Driving

By David Daggett On December 2, 2014, in Kent County Circuit Court, the front seat (and only) passenger in a motor vehicle being operated by an impaired driver, was convicted of Driving While Impaired by Alcohol. While I am unaware if a passenger in a vehicle has ever previously been convicted of impaired driving in [...]

Maryland TSRP November Blog: Charging the Passenger with Impaired Driving2019-03-06T17:23:05-05:00

Maryland TSRP August Blog: Carroll to Belton to Gant

by David Daggett This month’s blog is a brief overview of automobile and personal searches from Carroll to Belton up through Arizona v. Gant. It is designed to provide a quick and easy refresher of a few of the seminal rulings impacting automobile (and other) search and seizure law. There are essentially two reasons for [...]

Maryland TSRP August Blog: Carroll to Belton to Gant2019-03-06T17:23:06-05:00

Maryland TSRP June Blog: Navarette v. California: How far does it go?

By David Daggett The Supreme Court of the United States recently decided the case of Navarette v. California, 134 S.Ct. 1683 (2014), and in the process, seemed to hand law enforcement a new arrow to put in its quiver. How far it will be taken remains to be seen. While police and prosecutors shouldn’t look [...]

Maryland TSRP June Blog: Navarette v. California: How far does it go?2019-03-06T17:23:06-05:00

Arrive Alive

"Arrive Alive" is a video provided by the Maryland Highway Safety Office to agencies at no charge. The 11.5-minute video is designed to support agency leaders in their efforts to reduce the number of law enforcement officer deaths, disabilities, and injuries caused by traffic-related incidents. View the Arrive Alive materials (Maryland Sherrifs' Association)

Arrive Alive2014-08-15T08:55:02-05:00

Maryland TSRP February Blog: Reasonable Articulable Suspicion or Probable Cause: What is the Standard for a Traffic Stop?

By David Daggett A commonly misunderstood, misinterpreted and misapplied tenet of law is the level of suspicion that is required to make a routine traffic stop. Is it reasonable articulable suspicion (RAS)? Is it probable cause (PC)? Both? Neither? No matter where you look - the Supreme Court of the United States, federal opinions or [...]

Maryland TSRP February Blog: Reasonable Articulable Suspicion or Probable Cause: What is the Standard for a Traffic Stop?2019-03-06T17:23:07-05:00