Field Sobriety Tests are regulated by the Massachusetts Highway Traffic Safety Administration to be used during DUI arrests. It is important to remember that if you are being suspected of a DUI, just like the breathalyzer you can refuse to take field sobriety tests.
During DUI stops, police officers use DUI field sobriety tests to see if a suspected DUI offender has the ability to drive safely. The officer is looking to suspected DUI offender has mental impairment from the alcohol. To test this, the officer will see if the suspected DUI offender is having trouble with processing information, short term memory or making decisions. The officer is also looking to see if the suspected DUI offender has been affected physically by the amount of alcohol the suspected DUI offender has consumed.
To test this, the officer is looking to see if the suspected DUI offender is having trouble balancing, keeping steady, reacting quickly, and how coordinated the suspected DUI offender seems. To test the mental and physical impairment of suspected DUI offenders the Massachusetts Highway Traffic Safety Administration have come up with several DUI divided attention tests.
The officers use these divided attention tests during DUI stops to force suspected DUI offenders to concentrate on more than one task at a time. The thought is that if a suspected DUI offender is to operate a vehicle safely suspected DUI offender must perform several tasks constantly while driving.
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