A TDCAA message board post led me to the National Sobriety Testing Resource Center, www.sobrietytesting.org.
What is the NSTRC? From their website
Welcome to the National Sobriety Testing Resource Center (NSTRC). The purpose of the Center is to provide a comprehensive source of information regarding standardized field sobriety testing, training and certification for authorized and active law enforcement practitioners and instructors. The NSTRC also provides access to the SFST Training Management System, a voluntary, state oriented practitioner and trainer database. The NSTRC is a cooperative effort of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the US Department of Transportation and the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST).
Sounds great. I love learning about field sobriety tests. It seems tax dollars are being used on this project so the public, even defense attorneys, should have access to this data. Right?
This system contains confidential and privileged information that is intended only for use by individuals who have received the permission of the Program Director to access this system. If you have not been granted authority by the Program Director, then you are hereby notified that any access, disclosure, dissemination, copying or distribution of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited. Please treat the contents of this site as LAW ENFORCEMENT SENSITIVE AND FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY. Further distribution of this information is restricted to law enforcement agencies. Any and all persons or organizations violating distribution restrictions will be prohibited from accessing this system.
I’m supposed to believe that this field sobriety test information is so important, that only law enforcement can view it? I can’t think of any legitimate reason to keep this information from the public. This isn’t counter terrorism, it’s DWI enforcement.
Naturally, I sent an email to the Program Director asking for access to the database, and for their public information officer. Then I sent an email to Texas DPS asking for any records they have on this project.
What top secret field sobriety test information is being kept from the public?… Stay tuned to find out.