Issue Briefs

Sharing the Road: State Laws and Cyclists (February 2016).

 

Admissibility of Seat Belt Non-Use Evidence (January 2016) State by State Spreadsheet


Women and Drunk Driving (December 2015)

 

Distracted Driving in the Courts: Not Just a Criminal Matter (November 2015)

 

Remaining 2015 Issue briefs are available here.


2014 Issue briefs are available here.

Overview

Welcome to the Traffic Resource Center.

The Traffic Resource Center is a cooperative effort between the Department of Transportation 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 traffic cases involving impaired driving, drugged driving, distracted driving, and commercial driving.

The purpose of the Traffic Resource Center website is to provide a useful, ready reference for judges new to the bench or recently assigned to traffic cases, who may need quick access to accurate and timely information until they can receive more formal, structured education. Experienced judges and court staff will also find the web site a useful resource for reference materials on specialized traffic issues, evidence-based practices, frequently-asked questions and basic legal references and statutory requirements.

This resource center is also a repository of training materials, including PowerPoint slides delivered at association meetings, video clips of presentations, and other media designed specifically for the web site, but that also serve as re-usable training resources for the court community.

A key service of the Traffic Resource Center is to respond in a timely manner to requests for information and assistance from the court community, the media, and the public and in particular to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Judicial Outreach Liaisons and Judicial Fellows. Please contact us at: ghurley@ncsc.org or dsmith@ncsc.org