TRAFFIC SAFETY: A LIFESAVING PRIORITY OF THE SHERIFFS’ ASSOCIATION


The New York State Sheriffs’ Association conducts and supports numerous projects designed to support and enhance traffic safety in New York State. Through its liaison with the Governor’s Traffic Safety Council (GTSC) the Association regularly communicates with the GTSC staff; monitors the progress of proposals and grant projects of individual Sheriffs’ Offices; assists individual Sheriffs Offices in preparing proposals for funding; researches, develops and prepares proposals and budgets for funding; administers grant contracts, develops and provides specialized training programs; and reviews and evaluates all Selective Traffic Law Enforcement proposals submitted by New York State law enforcement agencies for GTSC funding consideration.

 

During the past several years the Association has developed numerous successful proposals; has secured funding in excess of 1.75 million dollars; and has coordinated a variety of traffic safety related projects designed to assist our Sheriffs. Those include the "Statewide Traffic Safety Initiative" the "Regional Safety Belt Convincer Project," the "Multi-County Underage Drinking and Driving Program I&II," the "Managing the Message" Public Relations Training Program, the "Contemporary Traffic/Terrorism Training Project," the "Car-Deer Crash Prevention Project," the "Cooperative Rural Safety Initiative" and the "Instilling Traffic Safety Habits for a Lifetime Program". Some of these projects directly reimburse the Sheriffs’ Offices for overtime enforcement activities while others involve traffic safety related training and equipment. All of these programs are provided through the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee grants, at no cost to the participating Sheriffs.