Field sobriety tests are used to determine if a driver is impaired by drugs
or alcohol. However, criticism has risen against their use and effectiveness,
and many people are not aware of the facts behind these tests. Even a
simple mistake while taking one may lead to an accusation of drunk driving.
If you are pulled over and instructed to complete a field sobriety test,
there are 3 things you need to know:
You can refuse. Contrary to what many people believe, field sobriety tests are optional.
This means you can legally refuse to participate without facing any criminal
or administrative penalties. However, chemical tests, such as blood tests,
are mandatory. Refusal to take a chemical test may result in driver’s
license suspension and other penalties.
The tests are not accurate. Field sobriety tests are known to be inaccurate. Human error, environmental
factors, police officer bias, nervousness, and other aspects may decrease
the accuracy of these tests. In fact, studies conducted by the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found the tests to be extremely
inaccurate, with the gaze nystagmus test only 77% successful (meaning
about 1 in 5 tests were faulty).
Only 3 tests are approved. While there are several field sobriety testing procedures, such as reciting
the alphabet or putting your finger to your nose in a specific pattern,
only 3 tests are actually standardized and approved by the NHTSA. These
are the horizontal gaze nystagmus test, the walk-and-turn test, and the
one-leg-stand test. If the officer asks you to do random procedures that
are not standardized, these may be extremely inaccurate.
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