Friday, November 8, 2013

"Standard" Field Sobriety Tests are not always "standard"!

     Do you realize that  “Standardized” field sobriety tests are not reliable evidence of intoxication?  In healthy people, the one-leg stand test is only about 65% accurate in predicting whether someone will be over the current legal BAC limit of 0.08%.  That percentage would earn a D letter grade in school!  In addition, the walk-and-turn test is only about 68% accurate.  So, people with injuries, medical conditions, 50 pounds or greater overweight, and 65 years or older cannot be validly judged by “standard” field sobriety tests.  The Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus, or what is commonly referred to as the eye test, is not admissible in New Jersey courts to prove that an individual is intoxicated.

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