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Why Taking The Field Sobriety Test Is A Bad Idea

Mr. Taylor (retired) explains why people should not take the field sobriety tests because: (1) there is no legal obligation to take them and (2) they are virtually impossible to pass. The field sobriety tests are a series of balance and coordination tests in the officer will likely ask a person to take three to five of them. There is no legal obligation to take the tests; so if pulled over, people should refuse to take them. Furthermore, based on all the attendant circumstances that are occurring during this test, including feelings of nervousness and anger, these tests are virtually impossible to pass. Even if a person is one hundred percent sober, field sobriety tests are still extremely hard to pass and in the end people will fail the test based on the subjective opinion of the officer. Most officers have already decided whether or not they are going to arrest a person before they pull them out of the car. In essence, taking tests can do next to nothing to benefit a person.