Roadside Sobriety Tests: The World’s Scariest Pop Quiz (Part 4)

If you fail any of the roadside sobriety tests, you are likely to be arrested for a DUI!

 

Welcome back and thanks for joining us as we wrap up the subject of roadside field sobriety tests in Michigan – a subject that a few of our clients have likened to the scariest pop quiz they ever had to take! Thus far we’ve looked at the more common tests, like the horizontal nystagmus test, the walk-and-turn test, and a few others like the one-leg-stand and rhombus balance tests. Moving on we’re going to break down a few of the less common ones used by police officers here in Michigan.

 

The Finger-Tap Test

 

This test is also sometimes called the Finger Counting Test. It’s where an officer tells you to hold out one of your hands, palm up, and count out your fingers by touching the tip of each finger with the tip of your thumb. You have to count out loud, going backwards and forwards through the numbers for three consecutive sets. In other words: 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1.

 

During the test, the officer will be watching to see if you screw up. It sounds impossible to screw up such a simple test, but when your brain is flooded with alcohol, it can be be hard to perform this properly. For example, if you miss numbers, struggle to touch your own fingertips, start the test too soon or stop before you’ve completed the right number of sets, you could be labelled as drunk and end up on your way to the county jail.

 

The Finger-to-Nose Test

 

During this test the officer will have you stand with your feet together, your back straight, and your eyes closed. As soon as the cop gives the order, you will be required to lift a hand and touch the tip of your nose. Just like the previous test, it sounds simple and is pretty easy to do when you’re sober, but under the influence of drugs or alcohol, this one can be a toughie! During the test, the officer will be watching for any of the following signs of drunkenness:

 

  • Swaying while trying to maintain balance
  • Missing your own nose
  • Body tremors
  • The inability to stand upright without support
  • Eyelid tremors
  • Sneaking a peak to help you find your nose

 

Other Possible Evaluations

 

Although this covers most of the more commonly used tests that police use during roadside sobriety checks, these aren’t the only things they’re watching for. Things like slurred speech, the inability to keep your eyes open, slumping over the wheel, losing track of what you’re talking about and bloodshot eyes are all things that cops will notice when interacting with you after you’ve been pulled over. In fact, the first thing officers often notice is the smell of alcohol on your breath when you’re speaking to them, which is something that’s hard to hide even with good quality breath mints.

 

There are also other tests that officers sometimes use, like clapping to a beat, counting backwards, reciting the alphabet (not backwards, usually) and other possible options that could be used to help the officer determine if you are intoxicated. However, if an officer thinks you’re drunk, he or she often eventually requests that you take a preliminary breath test (PBT) at the scene. You are free to refuse to participate with the PBT, although be aware that refusing a pre-arrest breath test is a civil infraction and you will likely have to pay a ticket.

 

The best advice we can give you when it comes to roadside sobriety tests and interactions with the police, is DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE! However, if you’ve already made the mistake of getting behind the wheel after a few too many, you are going to need help of a skilled DUI defense attorney. So call The Kronzek Firm at 866 766 5245. Our attorneys are available 24 hours a day, 7 days, because we understand that life continues beyond business hours.

 

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Roadside Sobriety Tests: The World’s Scariest Pop Quiz (Part 3)

Walking in a straight line and balancing on one foot are common roadside sobriety tests.

 

Welcome back and thanks for joining us again as we break down Michigan’s field sobriety tests, which a number of our clients have described as the world’s scariest pop quiz. And who could blame them – it’s hard to prepare for a test that you have no idea you’ll be taking, and no way to know what questions you’ll be asked. Actually, that last part should be less of an issue for you in the future, as that’s exactly what we’re doing here – letting you in on the questions!

 

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Roadside Sobriety Tests: The World’s Scariest Pop Quiz (Part 2)

The ‘walk and turn’ test is part of the roadside sobriety test.

 

Welcome back and thanks for joining us here at The Kronzek Firm, as we break down Michigan’s field sobriety test, also known as the world’s scariest pop quiz! In our previous article in this series we looked at the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) test and what that involves during a roadside sobriety test. Moving on we’re going to take a look at the next item in the average officer’s roadside arsenal: the ‘walk-and-turn’ test.

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Roadside Sobriety Tests: The World’s Scariest Pop Quiz (Part 1)

Been pulled over for suspected drunk driving? You’re about to get the world’s scariest pop quiz!

 

Have you ever been pulled over by a cop who thinks you’ve had one too many? Even if you aren’t technically over the legal limit for driving in Michigan, a roadside sobriety test is terrifying! Being required to step out of your vehicle and run through a series of tricks, like a performing monkey, on the side of the road for all to see is scary and humiliating. One of our clients described it as the scariest pop quiz he’d ever taken. Attorney John English at The Kronzek Firm is certified in Field Sobriety Testing.

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Can You Still Be Arrested For a DUI in an Automated Vehicle?

Does the car of the future need a driver? If so, can that driver be arrested for drinking and driving?

 

This may seem like a strange question. After all, who do you know that drives around in an automated car anyway? Probably nobody. However if Michigan continues on it’s current path towards being one of the automated vehicle capitals of the US, that could change in the very near future. Strange or not, though, the question stands. Could you be arrested for a DUI in an automated vehicle in Michigan? The answer may surprise you.

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National Safety Council: Where Does Michigan Rank on Road Safety?

Michigan’s road rules and laws are not bad, but they’re not good either according to the NSC.

 

According to a study done by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (Go Blue!), the U.S. ranks pretty poorly when it comes to road safety. However, in our defense, the primary cause for our less-than-stellar track record is the sheer number of Americans on the road. The study revealed that between 2006 and 2010, the average American driver drove about 10,000 miles. That’s significant, especially when compared with drivers in other first world nations.

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The World’s Smallest Breathalyzer? Is It Right For You?

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What’s the most important feature in a personalized breathalyzer for you? Cost? Size? Reliability?

 

Bigger is better, right? Well, maybe. Unless you’re talking about travel size deodorant, hidden cameras, and pills you have to swallow whole. Oh, and personalized breathalyzer tests. Wait… what? Yup, you heard us. Small, compact, easy to carry breathalyser tests you can take anywhere with you, for convenient on-the-go testing.

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Drunk Driving Myths: The Boozy Lies We Tell Ourselves! (Part 2)

An officer won't ask you to recite your alphabet backwards.

Did you know: An officer won’t ask you to recite your alphabet backwards.

 

Welcome back. Thanks for joining us for the second installment in our two part series on lies we tell ourselves about drunk driving arrests. In the previous article we covered myths like sucking a penny to throw off the breath test and lying to police about how much you’ve had to drink. Moving on, we’re going to look at a few more common misconceptions about driving drunk and DUI arrests.

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Drunk Driving Myths: The Boozy Lies We Tell Ourselves! (Part 1)

Just because you don't think you're drunk, doesn't mean you're sober.

Just because you don’t think you’re drunk, doesn’t mean you’re sober.

 

From the yeti to the “faked” moon landing, there are many strange things that people are willing to believe these days. But while believing in Santa or the Loch Ness monster might get you laughed at, it won’t get you into trouble. Believing falsehoods about drunk driving and DUIs in Michigan, however, can mean a world of pain. So let’s take a minute to look at a few of those “alternative facts” you thought were real, and debunk them. You’ll thank us later.

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Leaving The Scene of an Accident in Michigan: What You Need To Know. Part 2

What happens when you leave the scene of an accident in Michigan without waiting for police?

What happens when you leave the scene of an accident in Michigan without waiting for police?

 

Welcome back. In our previous article on leaving the scene of an accident here on The Kronzek Firm’s drunk driving blog, we talked about how the law defined this crime, and what people are supposed to do in the event of a car crash. Primarily this focused on the exchange of certain pieces of information, and other protocols required when crashes happen in Michigan. Moving on, we are going to look at the penalties for leaving the scene of an accident.

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