Traffic stops are one of the ways police officers in Florida attempt to remove impaired drivers from the roads. The other option is to operate a checkpoint for driving under the influence (DUI). If you are stopped for suspicion of DUI, you will be subjected to various field sobriety tests. Let's take a look at them in today's post so you know what to expect if this ever happens to you.
You will be asked to stand on one leg by the officer who initiated the traffic stop. This is to see if you can balance. Balance is not a strong skill when you are impaired. You won't have to stand on one leg for long. It will probably be for no more than 30 seconds or so. The more you struggle or fall, the more likely it is that you will be arrested for DUI.
The walk-and-turn is another field sobriety test used to determine impairment. The officer will explain how this test works. You will be required to walk in a straight line with one foot in front of the other, heel to toe. You then have to turn on that line and walk back to the officer.
You might be told to recite the alphabet in reverse. This likely has to be done without humming or singing the tune. If you cannot do this without skipping letters or going through it the correct way, it can be a sign you are impaired.
The eye test, also known as the horizontal gaze nystagmus, tests your impairment by watching your eyes. The officer will see if your eye can follow their finger or pen without moving your head.
Field sobriety tests are not always accurate. You very well could be someone who struggles with balance or simply cannot recite the alphabet in reverse order without humming or singing the tune. Make sure you know what it takes to defend against DUI charges so your freedom is not at stake.