What are Field Sobriety Tests?
Field sobriety tests are often used by law enforcement to determine if
a driver has been operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated or under
the influence of alcohol. However, these tests are typically subjective
and unreliable. Even if you believe that you passed any one of these tests,
the main purpose is for police officers to collect more evidence against you.
Types of Field Sobriety Tests
There are three types of standard field sobriety tests: the one-leg stand
test, the walk-and-turn test, and the horizontal gaze nystagmus test.
The one-leg stand test is when you raise one foot six inches above the
ground while counting out loud until the officer tells you to stop. While
the driver is counting, his or her hands must stay on their sides and
toes. Those with leg or back issues, as well as those performing on uneven
surfaces, will have a hard time passing this test.
The walk-and-turn test consists of walking a straight line, taking nine
heel-to-toe steps while counting out loud. The driver must then pivot
on his or her front foot and walk back in the same fashion. Anyone with
coordination difficulties or has a leg or back injury will find this test
In the horizontal gaze nystagmus test, the driver’s head must stay
still while law enforcement directs him or her to follow a light or pen.
The officer will look for any signs of impairment. Those with eye issues
can be wrongly accused of driving under the influence.
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DUI in Alaska,
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