NHTSA: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in Partnership with the ABA Judicial Division
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: NHTSA’s mission is to save lives, prevent injuries and reduce economic costs due to road traffic crashes, through education, research, safety standards and enforcement activity.
NHTSA has undertaken concerted efforts to reach out to judges and to the public through its Impaired Driving Division. Judges, particularly those who work in the limited jurisdiction courts of our states, counties and municipalities, are often overlooked in education and communication opportunities. They often lack the ability to gain and to share the knowledge needed to resolve the legal and evidentiary issues that challenge them daily in adjudicating impaired driving and other motor vehicle-related cases.
The ABA Judicial Division and NHTSA have forged a partnership to reach out to these judges. Through the Judicial Fellow program and the Judicial Outreach Liaison program, we have worked to develop a more thorough public understanding of traffic safety issues and the adjudication of motor vehicle cases. Through these programs, NHTSA and the Judicial Division can focus their outreach efforts on highway safety topics to target one or more regions of the country.
Distracted Driving: NHTSA and DOT launched a new website that is a terrific resource for anyone wanting to learn more about this deadly practice, and what the Department is doing to address the problem.
Highway to Justice: The ABA Judicial Division and NHTSA produce a quarterly newsletter on traffic safety issues. View the current issue.
Traffic Resource Center for Judges: The Traffic Resource Center for Judges is a cooperative effort between the U.S. Department of Transportation/National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) to establish a resource for judges, court administrators, court clerks, and other court staff on issues related to traffic adjudication. It is an integrated clearinghouse of information as well as a training and technical assistance resource to improve court decision-making and processing of impaired driving, drugged driving, distracted driving, commercial driving, and other cases that affect traffic safety.