DUI Field Sobriety Testing

The Walk and Turn Test Explained

In conducting a Walk and Turn Test, the officer must give very specific instructions

for the results of the tests to be validated by NHTSA standardization.

the correct and standardized instructions are:

"Place your left foot on the line" (real or imaginary)

"Place your right foot on the line ahead of the left foot, with the heel of the right foot against the toe of the left foot."

"Place your arms down at your sides."

"Keep this position until I tell you to begin. Do not start to walk until told to do so."

"When I tell you to start, take nine heel to toe steps, turn, and take nine heel to toe steps back."

"When you turn, keeep the front foot on the line, and turn by taking a series of small steps with the other foot, like this"

"While you are walking, keep your arms at your sides, watch your feet at all times, and count your steps out loud."

"Once you start walking, don't stop until you have completed the test."

In addition the officer is supposed to demonstrate while giving the instructions.

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