One-Leg Stand Test
Thousands of DUI arrests happen annually—and officers are always on the lookout for individuals who they believe may be driving while under the influence. DUI charges can lead to numerous penalties such as fines, license suspension, and even jail time. While most people believe that the only way to be found guilty of DUI is to have a BAC of 0.08 percent or higher, all the really needs to happen is proof that you are under the actual influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
One ways this can be accomplished is a field sobriety test.
What is involved in the One-Leg Stand (OLS) test?
While useful, field sobriety tests are not without fault. In fact, studies from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have found that the most "accurate" tests are only 77% accurate—which means that it is inaccurate more than 20% of the time that it is administered. For this reason, officers often use all three of the standardized field sobriety tests in conjunction.
One of these tests is known as the One-Leg Stand test. This requires a suspect to stand on one leg and balance while their foot hangs approximately six inches above the ground. The subject is then required to count out loud by thousands until the officer tells them that they can stop.
When police officers are conducting this test, they will look to see if the suspect sways, has to hop to stay balancing, uses their arms for balance, or must put their foot down. Those found to do two of these four signs are generally considered to be under the influence.
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