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.
The legalization of marijuana in Colorado has been a conundrum for authorities to figure out how to determine if a driver is impaired by marijuana. Current law states that a person with 5 nanograms of THC in his or her blood system is unsafe to operate a vehicle. Advocates argue that the blood test and the designated limit are not accurate and fair measurements of marijuana intoxication. A recent study that included field sobriety tests was conducted to help better understand levels of intoxication.
Boulder, Colorado, has been your go-to summer vacation destination for the last several years to escape the heat. With sweeping views of the Rockies as well as limitless options for hiking and outdoor recreation the small town just outside of Denver has everything you want to recharge and reset. It also does not hurt that there are a number of microbreweries offering tasty artisanal brews and unique menus.