In This Issue: Sovereign citizens | Pot permeates KS | Scaring pedestrians | Teen driving habits | Legal marijuana initiatives | Roll call video | NSA questionnaire | Enforcement webinar | Drug trends webinar | Campaign highlights video | Teen driver crash trends | Impaired Driving Update | Autonomous vehicle DUIs
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October 14, 2016  •  Vol. 1, No. 41

In the News

Sovereign Citizens Subject of Growing National Concern – A recent article from the Santa Fe New Mexican highlights a New Mexico sovereign citizen whose home was recently the subject of a high-profile raid. On its website, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) describes sovereign citizens as a domestic threat that likely will grow as the nationwide movement is fueled by the Internet, the economic downturn, and seminars held across the country that spread the ideology.  

Kansas AG Says Legal Colorado Marijuana is “Permeating” the State – The Kansas Attorney General conducted a survey of 320 law enforcement agencies and 70 prosecutors’ offices and says that Colorado’s decision to legalize marijuana has led to high-grade marijuana from that state largely replacing lower grade marijuana from Mexico and home grown marijuana, and that the legal Colorado marijuana is permeating all of Kansas. The study also found a significant rise in the presence of marijuana edibles, waxes, and oils coming from Colorado. 

Program Scares Pedestrians Into Being Safe – The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership is using technology and a little gallows humor to get pedestrians to pay attention while crossing downtown streets. For the next few weeks, improvisational actors dressed as the Grim Reaper and zombies will surprise pedestrians who are looking at their cell phones rather than watching traffic around them. In addition, through a special program called geofencing, pedestrians viewing certain browsers at busy intersections will receive a push alert on their cell phones to look up. 

New Study Outlines Teens' Worst Driving Habits – A new report from AAA notes that speeding remains one of the top mistakes teens make behind the wheel. Of the nearly 14,000 fatal crashes involving teen drivers over the last five years, more than 4,200 involved speed. The most common mistake teens make is poor visual scanning, followed by speeding, then distracted driving. The survey also found parents were often more guilty of bad driving than their teens.
Time to Review Your States’ Drugged Driving Laws – Retired Judge Mary Celeste takes a look at a number of states that are moving forward with new bills that legalize medical marijuana and/or recreational marijuana in the upcoming legislative sessions. As more states legalize medical and recreational marijuana, the probability of additional drivers driving under the influence of marijuana also increases, which means that states may then need to address their drugged driving laws.


NSA Roll Call Video on Treating Victims of DUI Crashes as Crime Victims – A new roll call video, supported by a grant from the Office for Victims of Crime and produced for the National Sheriffs' Association (NSA) by Video Action, addresses the need for law enforcement to respond to and interact with DUI crash victims in a victim-centered way, with all the referrals, support and resources due victims of a violent crime. 
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NSA Traffic Safety Questionnaire – NSA is mapping traffic safety efforts for each county in the U.S. and is asking sheriff’s offices to complete a questionnaire. If you would like to participate, please complete the questionnaire and return via fax to: Edward Hutchison, Director, NSA Traffic Safety at 703-519-8567.
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Next Week: Impaired Driving Enforcement Webinar – Space is still available for the October installment of the LEL Webinar Series next Wednesday, October 19 at 3:00 p.m. ET. The webinar will focus on this year's Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over impaired driving holiday campaign, including communications assets to support law enforcement and state highway safety offices, planned activities and initiatives from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) Impaired Driving Division, broadcast TV advertising support and successful state and regional efforts from campaigns in Iowa and Missouri.
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Webinar Recording: Current Drug Trends – If you missed the recent Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutors' Traffic Tuesday webinar presentation from Tucson Police Department’s Sergeant Christopher Andreacola, it is available for viewing online. "Current Drug Trends" covers a number of "new" drugs on the market as well as a return of some of the "oldies" making a comeback and reviews the current nomenclature and statistics, as well expected signs and symptoms of drug use.
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Highlights of the Ohio DSOGPO Campaign – Ohio LEL Mike Brining has shared a six-minute video/slide presentation that highlights the 2016 Ohio Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. The video showcases photos from various event locations throughout the state. 
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Partner Publications

GHSA Report Highlights Teen Driver Crash Trends  – While the rate of teen driver-involved crashes has declined significantly over the last decade, there is still significant work to be done, says a new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), funded by a grant from the Ford Motor Company Fund. Mission Not Accomplished: Teen Safe Driving, the Next Chapter analyzes 10 years of data from NHTSA's Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) to examine the differences in fatal crashes between older and younger teens, as well as by gender, and provides a set of 11 policy and best practice recommendations for states to implement.

October Impaired Driving Update – The October issue of NHTSA's Impaired Driving Update features information on a new report on DWI Arrest Process Improvement that includes six case studies of strategies used by law enforcement to reduce the cost and time of processing a DWI arrest. 
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Autonomous Vehicles: Technology Driving Legal Change – The newest edition of the National Traffic Law Center newsletter, Between the Lines, identifies the need to review state law defining “drive” or “operate” in light of emerging autonomous vehicle technology and to ensure that the law allows prosecutors and law enforcement to charge autonomous vehicle operators with impaired driving or vehicular homicide when appropriate. 
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Sound Bites

Pres. Johnson signed USDOT Act of 1966 on Oct 15 bringing 31 elements (including new FHWA) under one Cabinet Dept.
Improving motorcycle safety aim of OC Sheriff’s operation #California #HiTechCJ
- @policeofficer

National Teen Driver Safety Week begins 10/16! Get @USDOT @NHTSAgov materials here: trafficsafetymarketing. gov/get-materials/… #5toDrive #TrafficSafeYouth
- @NOYSnews
.@TheIACP Center for Social Media & Inst. for Community-Police Relations are teaming up for another #LESM training socialmediatra…
- @TheIACP

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