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2021 Enforcement RFP Available - Due July 6, 2020

The Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) is seeking proposals from law enforcement agencies to conduct a highly-visible, well-publicized traffic safety enforcement program. The grant funding will be used for overtime enforcement to address all traffic safety issues with an emphasis on impaired driving, occupant protection, speed and distracted driving. The Request for Proposal (RFP) and application process are available in the E-Grants System. Applications are due by 5 p.m., Monday, July 6, 2020. New E-grant users must apply for a username and password by clicking on the New User link. You will be given access by an administrator at DPS within two business days.
 
Questions? Contact Shannon Grabow no later than 8 a.m., Thursday, June 18, 2020. Answers to questions that are not specific to a single proposal will be posted on the this page (Law Enforcement Partnerswithin approximately three business days.
 

2021 DWI Officer RFP Available - Due July 2, 2020

 

The Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) is seeking proposals from law enforcement agencies to fund a dedicated DWI Officer, focused on detecting and arresting impaired drivers.  The grant funding will be used to fund one officer’s salary up to $125,000.  The Request for Proposal (RFP) and application process are available in the E-Grants System.  Applications are due by 4 p.m., Thursday, July 2, 2020.  New E-grant users must apply for a username and password by clicking on the New User link. You will be given access by an administrator at DPS within two business days.

Questions?  Contact Duane Siedschlag no later than 8 a.m., Thursday, June 18, 2020.  Answers to questions that are not specific to a single proposal will be posted on this page (Law Enforcement Partners) within approximately three business days.

 

Covid-19 Traffic Safety Materials

There are fewer vehicles on the road as Minnesotans follow the stay-at-home order. Even with less traffic, it's still important for people to make wise choices on the road. Preventing critical injuries from a crash can help save valuable healthcare resources for the battle against COVID-19.  Here are materials you can include in your messaging to remind Minnesotans to do their part and drive smart to avoid a crash.

Enforcement Campaigns Postponed

Due to COVID-19, the April distracted driving extra enforcement and ad campaign have been postponed until further notice. Please check back to this site for further updates. If you have any questions about media messaging, please reach out to Scott Wasserman or Dave Boxum. If you have any enforcement related questions, please reach out to Shannon Grabow.

Due to COVID-19, the May Click It or Ticket enforcement and ad campaign have been postponed until further notice. Please check back to this site for further updates. If you have any questions about media messaging, please reach out to Scott Wasserman or Dave Boxum. If you have any enforcement related questions, please reach out to Shannon Grabow.

 

 

Video: Drugged Driving in Minnesota

As a law enforcement officer, protecting Minnesotans from the dangers of impaired driving requires understanding the intricacies of criminal penalties and civil sanctions under the DWI law. Controlled substance DWI cases can be even more complex, however, if the driver is impaired, they should be arrested for DWI.  In this video, we will discuss Minnesota’s DWI law as it relates to controlled substances; the history and development of the Drug Recognition Evaluator program; the use of Drug Recognition Evaluators in DWI cases and the seven major drug categories.

 

Drug Impaired DWI Law

Prosecution of drug impaired driving involves some unique legal issues. This webinar reviews the relevant statutes and case law related to drug impaired driving and the Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE) program. In addition, it explores the considerations that go into making good charging decisions and provides trial tips.

 

Pedestrian Safety and Enforcement-Specific Media Materials

Pedestrian deaths and have remained constant over the years. Minnesota law enforcement agencies are encouraged to conduct publicized pedestrian law enforcement activity to educate communities — and the back-to-school period is a good opportunity to conduct a campaign. Available to promote an enforcement effort, or general pedestrian safety are: pedestrian safety news release (with option for back-to-school message); general pedestrian safety radio PSA scripts; enforcement-specific news release and enforcement-specific radio PSA script.
 

Strengthened DWI Sanctions and Ignition Interlock Law Information 

Repeat DWI offenders, and first-time offenders arrested at 0.16 and above alcohol-concentration level, must use ignition interlock or face at least one year without a license. Offenders with three or more offenses are required to use ignition interlock for three to six years, or they will never regain driving privileges. Find interlock resources for law enforcement , including a  roll-call video at MinnesotaIgnitionInterlock.org
 

Reducing Teen Crashes, Injuries and Deaths

Traffic crashes are the second leading killer of teens in Minnesota, and the greatest risk is during their first year of licensure. Enforcing Minnesota’s Graduated Driver’s License (GDL) laws can help save teen lives and prevent crashes that devastate families statewide. The 12-minute webinar — “Reducing Teen Crashes, Injuries and Deaths” — covers teen driving risks, GDL laws for teen drivers, the important role law enforcement plays in reducing teen crashes and helpful resources.

Webinar Video Series: Understanding, Recognizing and Handling Drug Impairment in Traffic Safety

Driving under the impairment of legal and illegal drugs ruins lives and presents a challenge for law enforcement. The landscape of drugs is ever-changing. It’s critical for officers to understand the categories of drugs, recognize impairment and properly manage an arrest situation. In this webinar video series, Lt. Don Marose, Minnesota State Patrol, covers the following topics to help law enforcement ensure the safety of all Minnesotans on the road.

Video: Central Nervous System Depressants

Video: Marijuana

Video: Physiology of Drugs

Video: Narcotic Analgesics

Video: DWI Warrants​

 

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