If you are one of the people in New York who has been arrested and charged with suspected drunk driving, it is important for you to understand the different tests used during your arrest process. Some people might think that the roadside tests administered before a person is arrested are used to prove that a driver is drunk. In fact, FieldSobrietyTests.org indicates that not only is this not possible, it is not the purpose of these tests.
The eye test, the one-leg stand test and the walk and turn test are all used by law enforcement officers to provide sufficient evidence for them to suggest that the driver might potentially be intoxicated. The possibility of impairment as determined by these test is then used to allow the officers to place the person under arrest. These tests, however, are not completely accurate in all instances.
Many physical or neurological conditions may prevent a person from being able to pass these tests. Someone who is very overweight may not be able to balance as ordered by officers. A person with a knee or hip problem may also be unable to balance without the use of their arms or other assistances. The accuracy rates of the various field tests range from 65 to 77 percent.
If you would like to learn more about the factors that might contribute to inaccurate test results during a drunk driving investigation, please feel free to visit the field sobriety testing page of our New York DUI and DWI defense website.