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What are field sobriety exercises?

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Field sobriety exercises are the exercises that the cop does to determine whether or not they’re going to arrest you for DUI. The typical ones that we see on TV, the walk the straight line heel to toe, to stand on one leg, to touch your nose. These exercises do not determine whether or not someone can safely operate a motor vehicle. They have nothing to do with your ability to drive. If they did have anything to do with your ability to drive, then one would think that before you get your driver’s license we would make sure that people can do these things properly. The fact is that they really have no bearing on someone’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle and can be affected by any number of things. Someone that’s sleep deprived, someone that’s nervous, the weather, any number of factors can affect someone’s performance on field sobriety exercises.

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