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What Affects My Performance On The Standard Field Sobriety Tests?

As we noted previously, the State must prove that you are intoxicated by proving that you (1) have a BAC of 0.08 or (2) loss the normal use of his or her mental or physical faculties. if the police suspect that you are driving while intoxicated, they will ask you to perform the Standard Field Sobriety Tests. We have routinely blogged about the inaccuracies of the Standard Field Sobriety Tests.
What can affect a person's performance on the SFSTs? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has noted that even sober people, or people who have not taken a drink or drug, can have difficulty with these tests. However, there are several known factors that will affect every person on the SFSTs:
  • Inner ear disorders
  • Nervousness
  • Scared
  • Allergies
  • Wind conditions
  • Fatigue
  • Traffic distraction
  • Age
  • Illness
  • Lack of coordination
  • Weight
  • Road conditions
  • Weather conditions
  • The police car's strobe lights
These are just a few of the things that can affect someone's performance on the SFSTs. If If you have been charged with DWI, contact a Plano DWI attorney.