Field Sobriety Testing
Professor: R.D. Robertson
October 6, 2014
Field sobiety testing is done when the driver is drinking and driving. The thing that people do not realize is that there are many crashes each year that a life is lost in yes not all of them are alcohol related but a good portion of them are. according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 32,885 people died in traffic crashes in 2010 in the United States, including an estimated 10,228 people who died in drunk driving crashes, accounting for thirty-one percent of all traffic deaths” (Century Council, 2013). Police are trained to spot suspected intoxicated drivers. They do know that just because they suspect it it may not always be the case. For this paper I will review and critic the video “Top 3 Sobriety Tests-number 2.” (CopsCarsandCrashes, 2009) The video is from the dash camera of an Ohio State Trooper. You can see that the vehicle that the trooper is following is a small SUV. The driver/suspect is swerving all over the road which appears to be a highway. The trooper turns on his lights and sirens in an attempt to stop the drive to investigate why they are driving in that manner. The “suspect does not pullover right away instead it takes a few moments for her to pull over it almost appears that she had no clue that the trooper was behind her. Once the trooper has the vehicle stopped he questions the female driver about how she was driving. The officer suspects that the driver is driving under the influence of alcohol and even asks her how much she has had to drink at which time she tries to tell the trooper that “she has not had anything to drink”. The officer asks to see her license and insurance information and the suspect starts to let her SUV roll backwards on the officer. He has to yell at her several times to put the vehicle in park she even tells him that it is in park you hear the trooper...
References: Century Council (2013). Drunk Driving Fatalities-National Statistics. Retrieved from
CopsCarsandCrashes. (2009, February 8). Top 3 sobriety tests – number 2 [Video clip]. Available from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jydBvk7R5wU&feature=youtu.be
Gaensslen, R.E., & Larsen, A.K. (2013). Introductory Forensic Science. San Diego, CA:
Bridgepoint Education, Inc.
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