Southern California Research Institute (SCRI) was established in 1973. They are located in Culver City, California, and their mission is to "study human skills performance, psychomotor behavior and cognitive skills as they are affected by pharmacological, physical and psychosocial variables".
The SCRI worked with the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration) to determine the best methods to identify drivers who are driving under the influence of alcohol. The NHSTA and the SCRI standardized these test in a battery of tests which is called the Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST). The SFST includes the HGN test (Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus), the walk-and-turn test and the one-leg-stand test.
The Standardized Field Sobriety Test is used by police officers throughout the United States to increase DUI (driving under the influence) detection and conviction rates and decrease the number of DUI accidents. Standardized field sobriety tests have also increased uniformity of field sobriety testing throughout the United States. This was all accomplished with the help of the Southern California Research Institute.
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