Without proper instruction, New York Motor Vehicle Law can appear complicated and overwhelming. Officers are often shortchanged, and experience difficulty knowing what laws coincide with the applicable offense. Many police officers struggle with knowledge beyond the few suggested offenses on the front of a ticket book. Knowing motor vehicle law is crucial in order to be an effective and proactive police officer. Many of our greatest apprehensions begin on the foundational principles of motor vehicle law. “Becoming the New York Traffic Law Expert” is meant to enhance every New York police officer’s knowledge of motor vehicle law, while also providing an extreme gain in confidence.
Erik Johanson has been a police officer in Western New York since 2010. Erik has a strong focus on traffic and DWI investigations which he has earned recognition from the STOP-DWI program for excellence in enforcement three years in a row. He is currently serving as a field training officer and DCJS General Topics instructor. Erik’s career has included SWAT, Crisis Intervention, peer support, and several traffic assignments. In 2021, Erik received the officer of the year with his current department, along with a team of coworkers, after rescuing a person from a house fire. Erik’s drive is second to none, and his knowledge of VTL enforcement pays off with criminal investigations in traffic stops. Erik also attended Hilbert College in Buffalo, NY where he obtained his Master’s degree and is currently an adjunct professor in criminal justice.