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These are the standardized field sobriety tests

Did you know that the Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST) is endorsed by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA)?

As a driver, you should familiarize yourself with the many standardized field sobriety tests. This will ensure that you know what to expect should you be pulled over for suspicion of driving under the influence.

Here are the three standardized field sobriety tests:

-- Horizontal gaze nystagmus. This refers to the way that a person's eyes jerk when moving from side to side. When a person is under the influence of alcohol, this jerking is even more pronounced.

-- Walk and turn. With this test, the person is asked to take nine steps in a row, heel to toe. An inability to do so may lead the officer to believe that the person is under the influence.

-- One leg stand. This is when a suspect is asked to raise one foot off the ground, approximately six inches, and count to 30. Any swaying, jumping up or down or using the arms to balance may be a sign of impairment.

Even when somebody is sober, it can be a challenge to complete some of these standardized field sobriety tests. This is particularly true if you have a medical condition.

It is possible that you could fail a standardized field sobriety test, despite the fact that you are sober and have not consumed any alcohol. This is why you need to understand your rights and implement a defense strategy that can help you avoid a serious punishment.

Source: FindLaw, "Field Sobriety Tests," accessed June 01, 2017

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