Sobriety Tests Are Designed to Fail Georgia
Field sobriety tests—including the horizontal gaze nystagmus, one-leg stand, and walk-and-turn—are used by Georgia law enforcement agents to determine if a driving under the influence (DUI) arrest should be made. Designed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), FST's are supposed to fail people over the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) level. Unfortunately, even people who are not impaired by the tests may have trouble performing them correctly, leading to a Georgia driving under the influence (DUI) arrest.
Though sobriety tests seem scientific, the results can be influenced by the police officer’s beliefs. Consider this: if an officer pulls you over and asks you perform the field sobriety test, chances are that he or she already believes that you are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. And because the scoring is entirely subjective, you could fail the tests for making a few simple mistakes.
Field sobriety test performance can be affected by other factors. For example, you may be asked to perform the test late at night, or on a sloped road, or while the police car’s lights are flashing. These settings are not conducive to satisfactory test performance. Nervousness and stress can also contribute to poor performance on them, even if your physical and mental abilities are not compromised by alcohol.
One study proved that sobriety tests are designed to fail. A professor at Clemson University asked 14 officers to watch a videotape of people performing six FST's and decide if they were over the legal limit. Although the individuals had no alcohol in their system, the officers said that 46% of them were under the influence.
Many people do not realize that the FST's are entirely voluntary; that is, there are no consequences for refusing to perform them. Hence, declining to take these tests is a good idea.
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