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.

Judicial Fellows

Judicial Fellows serve as teachers, writers, community outreach advocates, consultants, liaisons, reporters, and spokespersons. Their goal is to improve the delivery of justice and improve highway and pedestrian safety through education, collegiality, communication and community outreach activities. The Fellows have the necessary background and skills to perform the important and valued work of the positions.

Judicial Outreach Liaisons (JOL)

The ABA Judicial Division selects judges from NHTSA's ten regions to further the continuing education outreach efforts of the ABA. These efforts are targeted within each region and serve to educate and mobilize support for evidence-based programs and practices that have been proven to be effective in reducing recidivism in impaired driving cases.


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.  

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.

Traffic Court Programming: Traffic Court related programming.

Impaired Driving Update

  • State of the Knowledge Report – NHTSA has published a report entitled, Alcohol and Highway Safety: A Review of the State of the Knowledge.  

  • Digest of Impaired Driving and Selected Beverage Control Laws - The 28th Edition of the Digest of Impaired Driving and Selected Beverage Control Laws (529 pages)has been updated as of December 2014. It contains Summary Charts of Key Provisions of State Impaired Driving and Selected Beverage control Laws.

  • STSI Page Updated – NHTSA has updated its State Traffic Safety Information (STSI) web pages with the most recent (2009) Vehicle Miles of Travel provided by FHWA.  STSI shows selected traffic safety data for each state for 5 years (currently, 2011 – 2013).  STSI also has the option, if you load the Google Earth Plug-in, to show the location, using “pin maps”, of fatal crashes of various types.  The direct link to STSI is:  You can also get to STSI from NHTSA’s web page:, by scrolling down the left side of the page and clicking on “State Traffic Safety Information (STSI)” and then “Search for State-Specific Information.”

  • Traffic Safety Legislation Tracking Database - The National Conference of State Legislatures works in cooperation with the NHTSA to bring you up to date, real time information about traffic safety bills that have been introduced in the 50 states and the District of Columbia through its Traffic Safety Legislation Tracking Database.

Staff Contact

NHTSA Project Manager

Kennedy Breanne Green (she/her/hers/ella)
American Bar Association
321 N Clark Street 18th Floor
Chicago, IL 60654
T: 312-988-6716