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Field sobriety tests are subjective and risky

If police stop a driver under suspicion of drunk driving, chances are the officer will ask the driver to step out of the car and submit to a Standardized Field Sobriety Test battery. Field sobriety tests consist of three activities to measure the driver's balance, reflexes and coordination to confirm whether the driver is impaired by alcohol. These tests are by no means scientific and often have entirely subjective results. Understanding how they work and the driver's right to refuse may prevent Colorado drivers from unwittingly surrendering their rights.

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