When highway patrol suspects that you have been drinking and driving, they will pull you over to further inspect if you exhibit signs of intoxication. Charges for drinking and driving in the state are considerable. One night out can cost you through a suspended license, jail time, and expensive fines / court fees. In addition, a DUI conviction will be public information; this knowledge can even be accessed by your employer.
Understanding the WAT Test
An officer will often turn to field sobriety tests while looking to examine your driving capability. These tests evaluate the reactions and control of a person and their ability to understand and carry out instructions. One of the tests that is implemented is the walk-and-turn test.
While it sounds simple, there are many things an officer is assessing during this test. The suspect will be required to walk along a line with one foot in front of the other, heel to toe. After taking nine steps, they must turn on one foot and come back in the same manner.
The officer will be evaluating several factors, such as:
- The overall balance of the subject
- If the subject listened to instructions
- If the subject touched heel to toe
- If the subject needed their arms for balance
- If the subject started before instructions were finished
- If the subject needed to stop
- If the subject turned incorrectly
- If the subject took the wrong number of steps