If an officer pulls you over and conducts a field sobriety test, they may treat it as the ultimate evidence to prove that you are guilty of DUI. However, this assessment is not 100% accurate, even if conducted properly. It is important for you to be as informed as possible when dealing with the law and your driving record.
Who regulates field sobriety testing and procedures?
The federal agency that is in charge of this examination is the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA. This agency has actually studied how accurate their sobriety evaluations are among normal, physically sound test subjects. They discovered some interesting statistics as a result.
The following information was uncovered when testing the 3 primary field sobriety checks on individuals with a blood-alcohol content (BAC) over 0.10%:
- Only 65% accuracy when standing on one leg
- Only 68% accuracy when walking a straight line and turning
- Only 77% accuracy when moving the eyes back and forth
The NHTSA does not support other types of sobriety checks such as:
- Reaching for objects
- Counting in reverse order
- Saying the alphabet
Therefore, if a police officer declares that you are intoxicated based on these tests, it is not grounded in scientific fact. As a result, make sure that you fight the charges brought against you and defend your rights and freedoms. Roadside sobriety tests that are either incorrectly administered or incorrectly evaluated and judged should not be admissible as evidence if you have been charged with driving under the influence.
If you feel that an officer has improperly conducted a field sobriety test, contact the knowledgeable Rhode Island DUI defense attorneys at the Powderly Law Office to discuss your case and your potential legal options.