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Field Sobriety Tests

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by Breeze147, Dec 31, 2013.

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  1. Breeze147

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    Pretty appropriate for New Year's Eve.

    I watch probably 10 - 15 episodes of Cops a week.

    I could never in a thousand years pass those field sobriety tests stone cold sober. It is impossible for me to hold one foot 6" off of the ground and count to 30. It is impossible for me to walk heel to toe 9 steps and then turn around and repeat it. It is absolutely impossible for me to stand on one foot, tilt my head back, close my eyes and touch my nose with the tip of my index finger.

    WTF! Who can pass this shit!

    My brother, a retired cop, says there is a trick to passing any of these, but the prick, even though retired, will not tell me or demonstrate.

    :beer::drunk:
     
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    I was driving into work at 5:30 am ( still dark )
    Got to a long stretch of road - one lane in each direction -
    with a huge (pull over ) dirt parking area.
    I had just passed a bunch of lit flares --
    It then, dawned on me "Oh....this is where they must do
    the Drunk Check point - last night."
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    Probably, just left.
    And may have gotten quite A FEW on Christmas Night.
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    When I'm sober I can't even do my A-B-C's without screwing up !:evillaugh
     
  3. ken2v

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    You can "fail" all the agility tests in the book, but if you're not over the legal limit then you have nothing to fear.
     
  4. chitownjohn

    chitownjohn High-Roller

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    I think the trick is a $100 sandwich between the DL and the registration card. :poke:

    I know what you're saying, I'm dyslexic so I can't do the ABC's backwards.
     
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    I know I would never pass this sh!t. I can't do the ABC's backwards either, even when I'm sober. I guess I never practiced...WTF. NO FAIR!!!
     
    Always seems so far away............
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    I can see how a seasoned drunk could pass a test like this pretty easily. I know I couldn't pass it drunk or sober.

    Don't they ever do a breathalyzer? I don't think they do the whole song and dance thing in Canada when they pull you over or do a RIDE program. It's been a long time since I went through a RIDE program.
     
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    It's easier to pass the test if you look old and act really respectful. The officer usually looks at your license, which you have practiced producing with a steady hand, and says, "Have a good evening, sir." End of test.

    Works great for random sobriety checks. Might not work if the officer saw you weaving in traffic.
     
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    TWICE now in Las Vegas I've been pulled over for these sobriety checkpoints.

    The one time I admitted to having a few casino drinks and yes, they had me out on the sidewalk touching my nose and such while my so-called friends were sitting in the car laughing! :(

    I guess I passed. They told me to "watch it" and let me go.

    The second time I was totally cold sober and they didn't even ask for DL and such.
     
  9. Keyser Soze

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    Any lawyer worth a damn would advise you to decline a field sobriety test.
     
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    Yup, just deny the damn thing, you can't get in trouble for it. But then once you do that they'll almost always ask you to do a breathalyzer and if you deny that then you're in trouble, at least in my state. Refusal of a breathalyzer is an instant 6 months suspended license.

    Best way to avoid it all is just not drink and drive, and if you do take the side streets.
     
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    This is true. A lawyer told me the same thing. You also do not have to submit to a vehicle search. The lawyer said that the best move is to demand a Blood Alcohol Test (BAT), which will take some time to arrange and give your body more time to absorb any alcohol you have consumed.

    The other night on Cops, they pulled over a blonde woman in an SUV right in front of The Flamingo. She was not slurring her speech or unsteady on her feet. Her eyes did not appear bloodshot. They administered the FST and I thought she did okay. The cops said she failed and handcuffed and arrested her. The cop who was narrating said she was a known prostitute, so I believe they targeted her. She said she was just partying at PURE and was not intoxicated. They allowed her male companion to go free.

    BTW, she was hot!

    The point is that I believe the test is unfairly administered.
     
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    Exactly!

    This too!
     
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    Man, I've never seen so much bad advice given in a thread.

    Bill (retired cop)
     
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    I doubt they really care whether or not you pass or fail the tests. They just want an opportunity to observe you.

    Are you tripping over your own feet while trying to walk a straight line? Do you lose your balance while trying to touch your nose? Are you slurring your words as you try to recite the alphabet backwards? I think these are the things they're looking for. Not whether or not you screw up the alphabet or miss your nose by a few inches.
     
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    Old Steve Martin movie with a sobriety test - its LOL

    [youtube]unseSFWjuqs[/youtube]
     
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    Motorcat, thanks for posting that. It's what I thought of when I read the thread title. lol

    Not being a lawyer or a cop I don't know anything. But it would seem to me that there is no harm in trying the field test. If you pass you get to go. And they can't arrest you for failing can they? And the time and exercise used to take it would allow more time for your BAC to fall. They'll end up doing a breath test or blood test anyway, right?

    Did anyone ever see the "Myth Busters" where they tested all the supposed things that you could do to beat a breath test? Nothing worked.

    Oh, and don't drink and drive. :evillaugh
     
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    The "trick" to passing is to be sober, usually they will ask you right off if you have been drinking and your response is key, if you say "yes a couple" the process will begin and you will have to go through all the tests and then you will have to blow. Doesn't matter how you did on any of the tests, the blow is going to happen and then you will either be over the limit or you wont.
    If you say no, I haven't had anything(even if you have), they will have to have a reason to test you, and you can pass the tests and be let go. Assuming you dont have an overwhelming odor of alcohol you should always say " no I haven't had a drop"...or just "no sir".
     
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    I live in the country and last Christmas eve a man in his company's work truck got stopped at the end of my driveway. I went out my back door just as the officer was having him do the field sobriety test. I tried to do everything they had the guy do and although I was stone cold sober, I know that I looked drunk! The guy did them far, FAR better than me, but they gave a breath test.

    He passed with a .06.
     
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