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What are some field sobriety tests?

The cause of many car accidents in California is a drunk driver. When a person is drunk, they have slower reflexes, trouble concentrating and generally are not fit to be behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. While law enforcement works hard to keep drunk drivers off the road, they cannot catch every single one. However, when an officer pulls you over under the suspicion that you are driving drunk, he or she may perform some field sobriety tests, which AAA explains are tests that help them identify signs of intoxication.

There are some standard tests law enforcement uses. These tests enable them to gauge your coordination, involuntary reflexes and concentration. These tests are proven to provide accurate understanding of intoxication and are admissible in court.

There are three specific tests used. The first is the walk and turn. The officer will ask you to walk in a straight line, one foot in front of the other. This will test your balance and coordination. The second test is the horizontal gaze nystagmus where the officer will have you follow an object with your eyes. This check involuntary reflexes that you cannot control and that act differently depending on whether you have been drinking or not. The final test is the one-leg stand. You will be asked to stand on one foot. This also will test your balance and other indicators of intoxication.

You will typically be given all three tests because they all can provide indicators of intoxication. Furthermore, using all three tests also helps an officer to know if some outside issue is causing you to fail the tests. This information is for education and is not legal advice.

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