In This Issue: Older driver restrictions | Ignition interlock effects | NY DWI app | OH anti-drug effort | 0.05% in UT | IA collaboration | License reader concerns | NC 2016 accomplishments | SC texting enforcement | LEL webinar | TSRP webinar & archives | WA traffic stop video | Super Bowl campaign
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January 6, 2017  •  Vol. 2, No. 1

In the News

Should Older Drivers Face Special Restrictions? – By 2030, more than 60 million older adults could be driving on the nation’s roadways. But don’t expect many more states to put added restrictions on their ability to get behind the wheel. Legislatures have become increasingly reluctant to restrict driver’s licenses for seniors or impose extra requirements such as vision or road tests for getting them renewed based solely on their advancing age.

Drunk Drivers Think Twice When Faced With Threat of Ignition Interlock Device – Drunk drivers are less likely to get behind the wheel if they know a conviction will require them to blow into a breath-testing device every time they want to start their car, research shows. Traffic fatalities have declined by 7 percent in states that mandate ignition interlocks for first-time drunken-driving offenders, according to a report released Thursday by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
NY Creates App to Help Combat Impaired Driving – Multiple state agencies encouraged New Yorkers to utilize the STOP-DWI “Have a Plan” app during the holiday weekend. The app, created in partnership with the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, provides users with important information related to alternative forms of transportation to avoid impaired driving. 
OH Troopers Add Anti-Drug Effort to Traffic Safety Mission – The Ohio State Highway Patrol says the agency’s new anti-drug emphasis is paying off with record seizures of heroin, opiates and other illegal substances. The agency is building on a plan developed in 2011 to bring troopers into the state’s efforts to reduce Ohio’s addictions epidemic. Troopers are told “to look beyond the license plate” during traffic stops for signs of criminal activity.
UT May Lower the Legal Alcohol Limit – An effort is underway to lower the legal blood-alcohol concentration for driving in Utah to .05%. Deaths related to drunk driving nearly doubled in Utah between 2013 and 2014, increasing from 23 to 45.

Working Together to Improve Highway Safety in IA – Iowa’s Multidisciplinary Safety Team (MDST) Program, a coordinated effort between the Iowa Department of Transportation, Iowa Local Technical Assistance Program, and the Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau, looks at the causes of local crashes to determine how to prevent future crashes and improve how safety professionals respond to those crashes.
VA Supreme Court to Hear License Plate Reader Concerns – The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is taking its concerns over the use of license plate reading technologies by law enforcement to Virginia’s Supreme Court. Police officers use automatic license plate readers to photograph hundreds of license plates per minute, which are credited with helping to solve all manner of crimes, find missing persons and locate stolen autos. 
NC Highway Safety Program Makes Significant Strides – The North Carolina Governor's Highway Safety Program reported a number of accomplishments for 2016. These include launching Vision Zero, a record 91.7 percent seat belt usage rate, a 19.6 percent decrease in impaired-driving fatalities, a BikeSafe NC initiative to reduce motorcycle crashes and fatalities, and more than 24,000 saturation patrols that resulted in over 7,000 DWI arrests, 24,000 occupant restraint tickets, 88,000 speeding violations and 5,000 felony arrests.
Many Police in SC Not Enforcing Texting-While-Driving Law – A two-year-old South Carolina law prohibiting texting while driving has been enforced lightly. For example, North Charleston, the state's third-largest city, has not ticketed a single driver. Charleston, despite pledging tough enforcement at the end of 2013 when the city had its own anti-texting ordinance, has ticketed fewer than three dozen drivers since that time.


LEL Webinar: Law Enforcement Partnership Forums – The 2017 LEL Webinar Series will kick off on January 18 at 3:00 p.m. ET with a session on Law Enforcement Partnership Forums. The forums are roundtable discussions that bring local law enforcement, state highway safety office staff, and members of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regional and headquarters staff together for a listening and learning session. 
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TSRP Webinar: Understanding Birchfield v. North Dakota – The next session of the National Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor (TSRP) "Traffic Tuesdays" series will be held on January 10, from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. ET.  The webinar will discuss the June 2017 United States Supreme Court decision in the Birchfield v. North Dakota case, 136 S.Ct. 2160 (2016) on refusing blood and breath tests following arrests for impaired driving. In this webinar, the TSRPs from North Dakota and Minnesota will address many of the commonly asked questions and myths about the decision.
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“Traffic Tuesdays” 2016 Webinar Archives – The National LEL Program has posted a list of the 2016 National TSRP "Traffic Tuesdays" webinars, along with links to recordings, where available. The 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.
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Traffic Stop Educational Video – The Washington State Patrol has produced a video on traffic stops. Sergeant Julie Judson shows the basics of Washington State Patrol traffic stops, and how drivers can assist with safety for both motorists and the officers.
Watch the video >>

Super Bowl Drunk Driving Prevention Campaign – The Super Bowl is America’s most watched national sporting event. On Super Bowl Sunday, February 5, there will be lots of game day socializing that may include drinking. NHTSA’s Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk campaign encourages people to make plans ahead of time that will prevent them from getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking.
Download campaign materials >>

Sound Bites
In 2014 alone, 3,179 people were killed in distracted driving crashes. End distracted driving and #JustDrive.
- @NHTSAgov

Members of #FHP are more than troopers. They are spouses, parents, brothers and sisters. #MoveOverFL so they can #ArriveAliveFL.

Thanks to joint law enforcement efforts we have a 66% ⬇ in fatalities YTD n Memphis area. Keep buckling ⬆️, 🚫🚗distracted & keep 🚙 safely!
- @THPMemphis

@OSHP Ohio Highway Patrol makes it easy for citizens to help stop drugged driving.

- @WeSaveLives_
By reviewing their driving skills, older drivers can keep driving longer while limiting risks to themselves & others

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