Standardized and Non Standardized Field Sobriety Test

Want to know about the field sobriety test? Well you must be well aware of it as it is the most important dui test and is strictly implemented in the state of Texas. The law of Texas asks for its execution in Dallas.

When field sobriety test is conducted?

When traffic police officer is suspected of drunk driving of the driver, then he asks him to undergo this test. The field sobriety test is considered as the most important one as it gives immediate results. Thus the conductors are well trained by the state in order to ensure the reliability of this sensitive test.

Types of field sobriety test:

There are basically two types of field sobriety test, Standardized and non standardized test. The list of Standardized and non standardized field sobriety test is given below.

Standardized filed sobriety test:

This test is further divided into following categories.

·         Stand on one leg:

This is another one among Standardized and non standardized field sobriety test. In this test the police officer asks the suspected driver to stand freely on one leg for a few minutes. If he is not in drunk state, then he stands for a few minutes while in case of being drunk, he starts jerking. Such movements ensure the presence of his drunken state.

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·         Walk and turn:

The driver is asked to walk and take abrupt turns. Such movements can surely make you imbalanced if you are not in your complete senses. Only normal person can do it effectively as it requires great balance and control over body movements.

·         Horizontal gaze nystagmus test:

In this mind reader test, the officer shows the light of torch to the driver and asks him to keep focusing on it. During that time, he asks some questions. The drunk driver can’t do it as due to alcoholic content; he is just able to keep focusing whether on the question or on the light shown by the officer.

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Non standardized field sobriety test:

As this piece of paper is intended to explain both Standardized and non standardized field sobriety test, thus here goes the description of non standardized tests.

·         Stand with feet together and tip head backwards:

In this test, the police officer asks to join the feet and stand properly, and then he asks to move head backwards again and again. In such condition, the driver feels so much uncomfortable and if he is drunk, he can’t do it for longer time period.

·         Count the fingers:

This test involves abrupt and fast counting of fingers shown by police officer. This is not like the simple counting of fingers. Rather it is a difficult process. The police officer shows his fingers and changes their number abruptly. So only the driver without alcoholic content can continue this test. The rest of drivers fail to do it as they have poor eye contact due to the influence of drink.

Count the fingers test

·         Recite the alphabet:

This is another difficult one among the Standardized and non standardized field sobriety test. In this test you are asked to recite alphabets in fast way without having stop. The driver with drunk state can’t do it due to the jerking in his tongue under the influence of drugs.

·         Count backwards:

Such a tricky test it is. The backward counting is asked to be done by the driver. If he is not in normal state, then definitely he can’t do it. As it requires full mental attention and the person under the influence of drug, can’t have such attention.

·         Romberg stationary balance test:

In this test the driver is directed to walk on some imbalanced pathway. Thus the drunk driver can’t maintain his balance and falls down soon.

·         Hand pet test:

The police officer waves his hands in front of the driver and asks questions too. The driver with drunken state is not able to do it as he can’t focus on two things at a time. Thus he is arrested.

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