Learning the standardized field sobriety test
April 20, 2011 by Chris Dunn
Yesterday, I covered police officers who were training to administer standardized field sobriety tests.
© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Volunteer Brandon Freistat, a Fairview Township firefighter, follows Penbrook police officer Calvin Vanderpool's pen during a field sobriety test on Tuesday, April 19, 2011, at the York County Fire School. Vanderpool and 20 other central Pennsylvanian police officers have been undergoing a three-day training course to administer the standardized field sobriety test.
Two things I learned that surprised me:
- Field sobriety tests do not include the driver’s having to recite the alphabet. Or recite anything.
- The volunteers to whom the officers administered the tests actually were impaired. The seven volunteers had been drinking beer and mixed drinks in a controlled environment for about four hours before they met the officers.