Program Type: Judicial Education
Program Location: Nationwide
Lead Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Impaired Driving Division and the American Bar Association Judicial Division (ABA/JD)
Partners: 7 of the 10 NHTSA Regional Offices
The Issue: Education
Program Target Population: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement


Program Description:

In the Regional Judicial Outreach Liaison (JOL) program, which grew out of NHTSA’s judicial fellowship program, the JOLs devote concentrated time to traffic safety issues in the states making up their specific NHTSA regions.  The program seeks to inform judges, judicial educators, prosecutors, law enforcement and other criminal justice professionals in the NHTSA regions about NHTSA traffic safety programs and goals.  NHTSA is working with the Judicial Division of the American Bar Association (ABA/JD) to select appropriate JOLs for the regions. The relationships and partnerships the JOLs foster will assist in meeting NHTSA’s goal of reducing highway traffic fatalities.

Program Effectiveness:

In the 10 years since the program began, more NHTSA regions have chosen to participate in the JOL program.

Program Cost Effectiveness:

The Regional JOL has a definitive contract that spells out duties and responsibilities. There are specific goals or milestones that the JOL must accomplish during the contract period. This is monitored by ABA/JD and NHTSA regional personnel.

Source of Funding:

  • Through a grant from NHTSA to ABA/JD

 Factors to Consider When Replicating the Program:

  • Managing differences between NHTSA regions with regard to levels of participation, involvement and supervision of program.
  • Scheduling conflicts among JOLs who are full-time sitting judges.
  • Preserving judicial ethics and rules of conduct while interacting with law enforcement and other criminal justice professionals.

For more information on this program, please contact:

Brian Chodrow
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE W44-236, NTI-122
Washington, D.C. 20590