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The NY State STOP-DWI Foundation, Inc., through funding from the NYS Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee is pleased to sponsor regional trainings to benefit local STOP-DWI efforts in New York State. These seminars are free of charge and designed help our partners prevent impaired driving.

*** REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR ALL LIVE AND WEBINAR TRAININGS***

Upcoming Trainings

The Delta Variant – Webinar Training
December 12 & 19, 2022 9am-1pm

Presented by: Ashley Eller and Sgt. Frank Imparato

SFSt/ARIDE/DRE programs

Police Training & Recertification – Division of Criminal Justice Services

Law Enforcement Training and Recertification

DRE & ARIDE – Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee Trainings

Specific drug recognition training for Law Enforcement

high visibility campaigns

“Statewide High Visibility Engagement Campaigns”

In a combined effort to stop impaired driving, prevent injuries and save lives STOP-DWI Coordinators and their partners will be engaging the public with education materials of the dangers of Impaired Driving while Law enforcement officers across New York State will take to the roads during 8 specified timeframes. 

PAST Trainings

“Impaired Driving Training”  Presented by Robyn Robertson

November 2, 2022 Via Zoom Webinar

*** REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR ALL LIVE AND WEBINAR TRAININGS***

“The Delta Variant”presented by Ashley Eller and Sgt. Frank Imparato

Delta-9 has been the go-to plant impairment for the last 100 years in American Society. With the enactment of the 2018 Farm Bill more Delta “variants” were discovered and are being used to cause impairment with little ability to identify them in blood/urine testing. The audience will be introduced to Delta 8 and Delta 10 as well as the minor-cannabinoids (THC) and supportive cannabinoids (CBD). While discussing the newest additions to the Delta Variant the audience will be shown examples of impairment by these products. Signs and symptoms of cannabis impairment, as well as driving indicators will be discussed.

Click here to register – Registration is required.  Download a Printable Flyer here.

Ashley Eller  Ms. Ashley Eller began her law enforcement career in 2004 with the Orlando Police Department as a dispatcher. In 2006 she became a Community Service Officer for the Orlando Police Department. In 2010 Ms. Eller accepted a position as a certified Law Enforcement Officer with the Apopka Police Department. Ms. Eller has taught SFST-DWI Detection, Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE), Marijuana Impaired Driving Detection for Law Enforcement (MIDDLE), Advanced Marijuana Impaired Driving Detection for Law Enforcement (AMIDDLE), and the Drug Evaluation and Classification Program (DECP) training (DRE school). Ms. Eller was a certified Intoxilyzer 8000 operator and Agency Inspector for the Intoxilyzer 8000. Ms. Eller has taught for the Institute of Police Technology and Management (IPTM), Valencia Community College Criminal Justice Institute, Georgia Public Safety Training Center, and Tallahassee Community College via the Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor (TSRP) program

Sergeant Frank Imparato  Sergeant Frank Imparato began his law enforcement career in 1999 as a Law Enforcement Explorer with the City of Coral Springs Police Department. In August of 2003, Sergeant Imparato was hired by the Coral Springs Police Department as a Telecommunicator. After two years in the communications unit, Sergeant Imparato was assigned to the road patrol unit and served as a civilian Traffic Accident Investigator. After some time in the road patrol unit, he was transferred back to communications where he remained for approximately 3 more years. To improve his DUI investigation skills, Sergeant Imparato has continued his law enforcement education by attending Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, DUI Instructor, DUI Trial and Case Preparation, Advance Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE), Drug Recognition Expert, and Drug Recognition Expert Instructor schools. Sergeant Imparato also serves his department as a Traffic Homicide Investigator, Instructor, and Field Training Officer. He speaks regularly to faculty, students, and community organizations about the dangers of impaired drivers. 

DRE and ARIDE Training, the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee is charged with the administration and oversight of the Drug Evaluation and Classification Program under the auspices of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.  A recurring concern we have heard from the law enforcement community is the difficulty in locating a DRE especially if the agency does not have a DRE on staff.  To address this issue, we have compiled and are making available a statewide listing of all certified Drug Recognition Experts and their employing agency contact information.  We hope that this newly published listing of Drug Recognition Experts will provide a concise reference to quickly contact a local DRE to provide assistance in any drug impaired, driving related incident.

This DRE Web page provides the link to the announcement and application and also lists all of the upcoming trainings including DRE school and ARIDE – Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement training Training and Events | Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (ny.gov)

You may apply here for financial assistance to attend training.  Application for DRE School Funding (jotform.com)

Visit DRE Program Resources | Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (ny.gov) to see the current list of current certified DRE’s in New York.

DCJS – Division of Criminal Justice Services offers Police Training and Recertification.  Visit Police and Peace Officer Training – NY DCJS to see the training calendar.

“Statewide High Visibility Engagement Campaigns”

While STOP-DWI efforts across New York have led to significant reductions in the numbers of alcohol and drug related fatalities, still too many lives are being lost because of crashes caused by drunk or impaired drivers.  Highly visible, highly publicized efforts like the STOP-DWI High Visibility Engagement Campaigns aim to further reduce the incidence of drunk and impaired driving.  Research shows that high-visibility enforcement can reduce drunk driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. Sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols play a key part in raising awareness about the problem. 

In a combined effort to stop impaired driving, prevent injuries and save lives STOP-DWI Coordinators and their partners will be engaging the public with education materials of the dangers of Impaired Driving while Law enforcement officers across New York State will take to the roads.  The New York State Police, County Sheriff and Municipal Law Enforcement Agencies across New York State will be out in force. 

New York State STOP-DWI High Visibility Engagement Campaigns 2022-2023

HALLOWEEN:                                        October 29- October 31, 2022

THANKSGIVING:                                   November 23– November 27, 2022

HOLIDAY SEASON (NATIONAL):      December 14 – January 1, 2023

SUPER BOWL:                                       February 10 – February 13, 2023

ST. PATRICK’S DAY:                              March 16 – March 19, 2023

DRUGGED DRIVING AWARENESS: 3:00pm April 20 – 3:00am April 21, 2023

MEMORIAL DAY:                                   May 26– May 30, 2023

JULY 4TH:                                                 July 1 – July 5, 2023

DRUGGED DRIVING AWARENESS: 3:00pm July 10 – 3:00am July 11, 2023

LABOR DAY (NATIONAL):                   August 18- September 4, 2023

“Impaired Driving Training”presented by Robyn Robertson.

The 4-hour impaired driving training to be delivered by the Traffic Injury Research Foundation includes the following topics:  Comparing the profile and characteristics of male versus female impaired drivers and examining self-reported impaired driving in the US in the past five years. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on this risky behavior will also be described; Summarizing the latest international research on cannabis impaired driving, crash risk and the prevalence of cannabis alone, and the combination of other substances in fatal crashes; Describing the latest research on the effectiveness of alcohol ignition interlocks in reducing impaired driving recidivism, crashes, and best practice interlock program features; and Reviewing research findings regarding the effectiveness of road safety campaigns including exploring their theoretical foundations, key features of effective campaigns, appropriate messaging for distinct audiences, and best practice dissemination strategies.

Download a Printable Flyer here.

Robyn Robertson has led a wide variety of research projects across a broad range of topics. During her career, she has published more than 200 major reports and articles on diverse road safety issues in traffic safety, criminal justice and professional journals. With a focus on education, policy and program development and evaluation, she has made more than 250 presentations at criminal justice, traffic safety, injury prevention and research conferences.

She is coordinator of the Working Group on DWI System Improvements, a U.S. coalition of criminal justice professionals, representing 14 criminal justice organizations, and served as faculty at the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada.

Robyn received her Master’s Degree in Criminology and undergraduate degree from the University of Ottawa. Her professional training includes management, business administration, marketing and executive development courses.  Robyn has nine years of experience in the academic field, teaching several criminology and criminal justice courses part-time as her schedule permitted at the University of Ottawa, and Algonquin College in Ottawa.

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New York’s STOP-DWI program is the Nations’ first and, to date, only self-sustaining impaired driving program. Other States have implemented components of self-sufficiency, but none to the degree of New York State.