National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (nhtsa)



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Definition of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (nhtsa)

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is part of the Department of Transportation and is responsible for monitoring and researching traffic safety issues. Issues that the NHTSA will evaluate and monitor include: impaired driving, distracted driving, five-star crash ratings, fuel economy, seat belts, teen driving, senior driving, and child safety. The NHTSA states their goal is "to save lives and prevent injuries by reducing car accidents". The NHTSA also helped create the standardized field sobriety test (walk-and-turn test, the one-leg-stand and the HGN test (horizontal gaze nystagmus)) which is now used throughout the United States to identify drivers who are operating a motorized vehicle under the influence of alcohol.



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