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.
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.
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.
A South Carolina woman, who is a parent teacher organization official, was recently accused of driving under the influence. However, even though she was charged with DUI, an officer never saw her actually driving a vehicle, she never admitted to driving a vehicle and it doesn't appear anyone else saw her driving either.
A 28-year-old South Carolina police officer was fired from the Rock Hill Police Department just two days after being arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence. Now, not only is he out of work, he also has to deal with being charged with DUI and allegedly refusing to take a breath test.