Enforcement & Justice Services
NHTSA provides national leadership in planning and developing improved driver education, licensing, enforcement, prosecution, judicial, and post-adjudication efforts.
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Improving Driver Behavior and Attitude
- High Visibility Enforcement Toolkit
One of the most effective countermeasures in reducing highway traffic fatalities is creating general deterrence through High Visibility Enforcement (HVE). When the perceived risk of getting caught by law enforcement goes up, the likelihood that people will engage in unsafe driving behaviors goes down. The High Visibility Enforcement Toolkit has been designed to assist law enforcement agencies, communities, and states implement or enhance their HVE efforts. The HVE Toolkit has been created with assistance from a High Visibility Enforcement Panel consisting of field experts effectively implementing HVE in their jurisdiction or community.
- No Refusal Weekend Toolkit
An enforcement strategy that allows officers to obtain search warrants for blood samples from suspected impaired drivers who refuse breath tests.
- Speeding Toolkit
A source of marketing materials, tools, and ideas that can be used in support of your local speed management initiatives.
- Teen Drivers
A multi-tiered strategy to prevent motor vehicle-related deaths and injuries among teen drivers by: increasing seat belt use, implementing graduated driver licensing, and reducing teens' access to alcohol.
- Distracted Driving
Every time someone takes their eyes or their focus off the road, they put their lives and the lives of others in danger. It is unsafe, irresponsible, and in a split second, its consequences can be devastating.
- Aggressive Driving
Aggressive driving has become a serious problem on our roadways. We provide guides, planners and information to law enforcement professionals and prosecutors to assist in the reduction of aggressive driving.
- Down the Road Radar Technical Specifications (DOT HS 812 266)
Speed-measuring devices are eligible for purchase by State, county, and local law enforcement agencies using Federal highway safety grant funds. For a device to be eligible, it must appear on the NHTSA Conforming Product List, which certifies the device was subjected to robust testing to verify it meets the technical specifications established for the particular technology. Technical specification documents have been established for Down the Road RADAR (Radio Distance and Ranging) technology, and LIDAR (Light Distance and Ranging) devices and serve as the basis for testing and certification. Testing serves to assure the public that devices used for the collection of evidence of speed violations are accurate and reliable. The Conforming Product List also serves to assist law enforcement in the purchase of speed measuring devices with non-grant funds.
- LIDAR Speed-Measuring Device Performance Specifications (DOT HS 809 811)
Many speed measuring devices are purchased by State, county, and local law enforcement agencies using grant funding provided to the States by the Federal government. To ensure that speed measuring devices purchased with Federal funds are accurate and reliable; manufacturers are required to submit their devices to a robust series of tests against standardized technical standards. Devices that meet or exceed the technical standards established for Down the Road Radar or LIDAR (Light Distance and Ranging) instruments are added to a Conforming Product List (CPL). The CPL informs States, local governments, and law enforcement agencies of which devices are eligible for purchase using Federal funds, as well as to serve as guidance to law enforcement agencies in making purchases using their own funds. These technical standards have been produced and reviewed on an on-going basis to assure the public that Radar and LIDAR used by law enforcement and purchases with Federal funds are accurate as evidence collection devices.
One-Stop Shop for Cops
Where can I find information on ...
- Alcohol - Seat belts - Speeding - Helmets - Teen Drivers - Child seats
State Traffic Safety Information:
- Quick, easy access to traffic safety facts
- Traffic Safety Facts 2008 (Annual Report)
Law Enforcement Training:
- Drug Evaluation and Classification
- Conducting Complete Traffic Stops
- Speed Management Workshop
- Prosecutor Education and Training
- ARIDE - TOPS - DDACTS
Improving Sobriety Checkpoints:
- Standardized field sobriety training
- Low-staffing sobriety checkpoints
- Saturation patrols & checkpoints
- The Checkpoint Strikeforce Program
Ignition Key Interlocks:
- Ignition Interlock Toolkit
- Key Features
- Alcohol Interlock Curriculum for Practitioners
Impaired Driving and Hispanics:
- Drinking and driving ... and Hispanics
- Addressing alcohol-impaired driving
- Reducing alcohol-related driving
- Conforming Product List