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Field Sobriety Tests Archives

What 3 tests are commonly used for field sobriety tests?

The Standardized Field Sobriety Test is a series of three assessments that South Carolina law enforcement officials administer to help them determine whether a driver suspected of impairment is in fact impaired. The series consists of the horizontal gaze nystagmus, the one-leg stand and the walk-and-turn test. Reportedly, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration helped in the research used to develop these assessments.

Police test the sobriety of drivers using a variety of methods

Residents of Clemson, South Carolina who are pulled over by police because of an alleged traffic violation may be asked to take a test to help police determine if their motor skills or sense of perception are too compromised to safely drive a vehicle. The results of these field sobriety tests often determine whether or not a motorist is charged with a DUI.

DUI video server damaged by lightning

Residents of South Carolina who have been charged with DUI may have their cases delayed due to damage to evidence caused during a storm. The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) reported that the server that stores videos of drivers taking breathalyzer tests and other data related to arrests was damaged by a lightning strike. State law requires video of breath tests of those facing drunk driving charges, and this evidence is often used by both prosecution and defense attorneys.

Blood alcohol testers for the common person

South Carolina residents might be interested to hear that now there are blood alcohol testers on the market that allow the common person to test his or her own breath. At one time, electronic equipment to test a person's blood alcohol content level came in the form of $10,000 machines that required special training to operate. However, nowadays such equipment can be purchased for merely $30 and easily operated without any special training.

South Carolina internal affairs chief fired after traffic stop

On Jan. 10, a South Carolina state trooper stopped a swerving vehicle on the suspicion that the driver may have been intoxicated. The driver turned out to work for the South Carolina Department of Safety as the chief of the Office of Professional Responsibility. The man argued with the officer, refused to participate in field sobriety tests and was handcuffed as a result.The driver eventually took and passed the field sobriety tests. He was not charged with driving under the influence. However, the Department of Public Safety fired the driver for his conduct during the police stop. The department has a code of ethics that requires its employees to behave with courtesy and integrity.

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