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From my background in Law and Medicine, this video is impressive in both realms! It's a great example of a dui test "in the field".

Less than 2 minutes, here it is.

A VERY amusing DUI test on video in which a gentleman gets a perfect score on the Field Sobriety Test; but appears to have possibly had a drink or two too many.

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When referring to a DUI TEST or DWI TEST, people are most often referring to the Field Sobriety Tests. Those tests are discussed on this page.

Field Sobriety Tests
Field or Roadside Sobriety Tests are used to establish probable cause for administration of a preliminary breath test or for a drunk driving arrest and administration of a formal breath or blood test.

The Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST) is a battery of three tests administered and evaluated in a standardized manner to obtain indicators of impairment and establish probable cause for arrest. The tests administered under this protocol are the horizontal gaze nystagmus test, the walk-and-turn test, and the one-leg stand.

Divided Attention Testing is a DUI test which requires a suspect to listen to and follow instructions while performing simple physical movements. Such tests include the walk-and-turn test and one-leg stand test.

Commonly administered sobriety tests include:

Counting The suspect is asked to count forwards or backwards, usually by ones or threes. Signs of impairment include skipping letters, loss of concentration, and slurred speech.

Finger to Nose The suspect stands, usually with the head tilted back and eyes closed, with arms stretched out to his sides. The suspect then attempts to touch the tip of his index finger to his nose, first with one arm and then the other. Signs of imparment include: beginning before instructions are completed, swaying or staggering, using arms to balance, losing balance, and inability to touch fingertip to nose.

Reciting the Alphabet The suspect is asked to recite the alphabet; and sometimes backwards. Signs of impairment include skipping letters, loss of concentration, and slurred speech.

Standing on One Leg The suspect is instructed to stand on one leg with the other foot suspended approximately six inches off the ground and count aloud by thousands until instructed to put the foot down. The officer times the suspect for thirty seconds. The officer looks for indicators of impairment, including swaying while balancing, using arms to balance, hopping to maintain balance, not counting in order, and putting the foot down.

Walking a Line A suspect is asked to walk a straight line. This should occur on a flat and even surface; at a safe distance from traffic. The officer looks for signs of impairment including beginning before instructions are completed, swaying or staggering, using arms to balance, and stopping walking to regain balance.

Walk and Turn The suspect is instructed to take nine steps along a straight line walking heel-to-toe. After taking the steps, the suspect must turn on one foot and return in the same manner in the opposite direction. The examiner looks for seven indicators of impairment: if the suspect cannot keep balance while listening to the instructions, begins before the instructions are finished, stops while walking to regain balance, does not touch heel-to-toe, uses arms to balance, loses balance while turning, or takes an incorrect number of steps.

Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus The Horizontal gaze nystagmus DUI test is an involuntary jerking of the eyeball which occurs naturally as the eyes gaze to the side. This test theorizes that when a person is impaired by alcohol, nystagmus is exaggerated, and that an alcohol impaired person will have difficulty smoothly tracking a moving object.

To administer this DUI test, an officer asks the suspect to watch a slowly moving object, such as a pen or small flashlight. As the officer moves the object horizontally, the officer watches the suspect's eyes as they follow the object. The officer is watching for signs that the eye cannot smoothly follow a moving object, distinct jerking when the eye is at maximum deviation, and an angle of onset of jerking within 45 degrees of center. The presence of four or more signs between a suspect's two eyes is generally considered to suggest unlawful intoxication.

The circumstances of a roadside DUI test administration, or a lack of training for the officer administering the test, can significantly affect test results. A skillful lawyer will know how to identify factors which may have infulenced test results against you and may challenge these results in court.

Unlike blood alcohol content or breath tests, field sobriety tests are voluntary in most states, meaning that in most states, you can decline to take one. For most people, the concern about field sobriety tests happens later, when you've been charged with a DUI. The above summary of field sobriety tests is by no means all-inclusive and is not legal advice. Laws change and a DUI or DWI Attorney is the best source for the latest information on DUI laws and DUI tests in your state.


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