Dearborn DUI Attorney
Walk And Turn Test
A walk and turn test is a divided attention test that unimpaired people
should be able to perform. It is a standardized
field sobriety test that is used in order to detect if a driver is mentally and physically
compromised due to alcohol. A suspect is required to listen and follow
instructions while performing simple physical motions. If someone is under
the influence of alcohol, they will not be able to perform this task easily.
The driver must be able to follow simple directions and meet the physical
requirements of the test in order to prove their sobriety.
The person or officer conducting the walk and turn test scores the suspect
based on their performance. 1 point is given for each item that is completed
incorrectly by the suspect, with the maximum score of 9 points. If the
suspect scores 2 or more points on the walk and turn test, the person
giving the test classifies them as having a BAC higher than .08. If you
have been pulled over, have been asked to take a walk and turn test, and
believe that you were falsely accused of drunk driving, contact the Dearborn
DUI lawyer at Boulahanis & Associates today.
The walk and turn test requires the suspect to take nine steps, heel-to-toe,
in a straight line with their hands against their sides. When this is
completed, the suspect must turn on one foot, and return doing the same
motions. The person giving the test is required to look for 8 characteristics
of impairment. The first indicator is if the suspect cannot keep their
balance while listening to the examiner give instructions.
If they start before the instructions are finished, or stop while walking
to regain balance, this can prove that the driver is under the influence
of alcohol. Stepping off the line, not walking heel-to-toe, using arms
to balance, turning incorrectly, and taking too few or too frequent amount
of steps can also indicate impairment. A National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA) study shows that 79% of those who indicate two
or more faults while performing the test will have a BAC of .08 or higher.
Faults of Walk and Turn Test
According to government studies, the walk and turn test is 68% accurate
in determining alcohol impairment. However, this means that 1 out of every
3 people are falsely accused of drunk driving after being administered
the walk and turn test. The test must be conducted in a fair and safe
environment. The ground surface should be level, and if the suspect is
elderly or suffering from physical or mental impairments, the results
can be skewed. Distractions should be eliminated, and the person giving
the test must conduct it away from traffic and other forms of distractions.
A suspect wearing heels should be able to take them off before performing
the test, and inappropriate dress attire can prevent a suspect from correctly
completing the walk and turn test. The person giving the test can also
give incorrect instructions or improperly grade the test. A test administrator
may also be biased, and believe that the suspect is drunk no matter what
How We Can Help
If your walk and turn test was performed on incorrect surfaces or in an
inappropriate environment, our firm may be able to help you fight your
DUI charges. We have over 25 years of legal experience in the DUI field, and
are more than capable of defending clients against false or harsh punishments.
We may be able to prove that your walk and turn test was given incorrectly,
or was not scored using the proper scoring method. If you are 1 of the
3 people who are falsely accused of drunk driving, we may be able to prove
that you were pulled over for inappropriate reasons.