In a previous blog post, we briefly discussed the different types of field sobriety tests used by Florida police officers. This week, we'd like to go into further detail about the walk-and-turn test in particular. As local law enforcement agencies depend on this and other field sobriety tests before making arrests, it is important for Florida drivers to understand what these different tests are and what officers are looking for.
The walk-and-turn test requires a person to be able to walk nine steps in a straight line, heel-to-toe, turn around on one foot and then walk back to the starting position in the same fashion. During this process, there are a number of things an officer is looking for to determine if a person is impaired. These include: