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What is the one-leg field sobriety test?

If you have ever heard people talk about field sobriety tests in Arizona, you might have wondered what exactly these tests entail or look for. As explained by FieldSobrietyTests.org, the set of tests administered at the roadside where a driver has been stopped are not able to prove that a person is intoxicated. They are simply used to suggest that a person might be intoxicated. This is what an officer needs in order to legally make an arrest.

One of the tests used is called the one-leg stand test. Its accuracy rate is only 65 percent. After first explaining the test verbally and providing an actual demonstration, the officer is supposed to have the driver follow the instructions. These instructions include keeping both hands and arms firmly at one's side at all times. One foot is to be raised off the ground roughly six inches. The driver must then count aloud per the officer's explanation until instructed to stop.

If you have bad knees, ankles or hips, doing this could be extremely difficult for you even if you have had nothing to drink. Similarly, if you are more than 50 pounds overweight, your ability to balance on one leg may be compromised. The shoes you are wearing and the levelness of the road surface may also play into the test results.

This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to give residents in Arizona an overview of the one-leg stand test used in the drunk driving arrest process and what factors other than alcohol consumption may contribute to a person's inability to pass this test.

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