DUI/OVI Walk And Turn Sobriety Test
Q: How do you test for a DUI?
Police officers base their decision to arrest for a DUI or OVI offense based on a combination of: 1) The police officer’s view of the vehicle being operated, 2) The police officer’s personal contact with the driver of the vehicle during the traffic stop, and 3) the police officer’s opinion of the driver’s performance of field sobriety tests on the roadside after being removed from their vehicle.
A person can be arrested and charged with an OVI offense based on the officer’s belief that the person is impaired. If a person takes a chemical test such as a blood, breath or urine test, they can also be charged with an OVI offense if the chemical analysis of their blood, breath, or urine shows that they are at or above a prohibited concentration of alcohol and or drugs in the sample collected and tested.
Q: What are the 8 clues in the walk and turn test?
The Walk and Turn Test is one of 3 standardized field sobriety tests recognized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The 8 clues police officers look for are whether an individual: 1) Moves their feet to keep balance during the instruction phase of the test, 2) Starts the test before being instructed to begin; 3) Steps off the line while walking, 4) Doesn’t touch heel to toe on any of the steps, 5) Raises their arms for balance, 6) Takes an incorrect number of steps, 7) Stops while walking during the test, and 8) Makes an improper turn after the first 9 steps.
Q: Is a field sobriety test admissible in court?
Yes, field sobriety tests are admissible in court for DUI charges and OVI charges as evidence as long as the test is not suppressed or ruled inadmissible by a judge. A test can be suppressed or ruled inadmissible because it was not administered in substantial compliance with standards set forth by NHTSA.