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Southern California Research Institute (scri)



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Definition - What does Southern California Research Institute (scri) mean?

Southern California Research Institute, established in 1973, is a private company categorized under Noncommercial Research Organizations. Southern California Research Institute is located in Culver City, California. It is a nonprofit organization which "studies human skills performance, psychomotor behavior and cognitive skills as they are affected by pharmacological, physical and psychosocial variables".

The SCRI also conducted research studies which were sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to determine the best methods of detecting impaired drivers using field sobriety tests. Under the guidance of the National Highway Traffic Administration, the Southern Research Institute conducted a battery of tests to determine the best standardized processes for evaluating a driver's impairments after consuming alcohol and the best methods to establish probable cause for a DUI or drunken driving arrest. The tests which were standardized are called the Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST).

The standardization of the field sobriety tests include the HGN test (Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus), the walk-and-turn test and the one-leg-stand test which were the three tests, shown through research, to be the most accurate field sobriety tests when administered properly.

The goal of the Standardized Field Sobriety Test is to help police officers improve their detection of impaired drivers, increase conviction rates and lower the occurrence of accidents and injuries caused by drunken driving. The Standardized Field Sobriety Tests have also been helpful increasing the ease of performing field sobriety testing, increasing the effectiveness of detecting intoxicated drivers and increasing the uniformity of field sobriety testing throughout the United States. This was all accomplished with the help of the Southern California Research Institute.





Related Links

  • scri -- official site for the Southern California Research Institute.
  • Sobriety Test -- standard field sobriety test definition as provided by www.duiattorneyhome.com
  • Sobriety Test -- standard field sobriety test definition as provided by www.duiattorneyhome.com




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