The Reliability of the Field Sobriety Tests: Romberg Balancing Test
Field sobriety tests are a common method used by law enforcement to determine whether an individual is in fact intoxicated. However, although these tests are routinely used in DUI stops, there have been many studies that demonstrate the unreliability of the majority of these tests, especially the Romberg balancing test. An experienced New Jersey DUI Lawyer may use these studies as evidence to successfully challenge the results of the particular field sobriety test in your DUI arrest.
Studies Regarding The Romberg Balancing Test
There have been many studies revealing the unreliability of the Romberg test. In one particular study, police officers were asked to administer the test to approximately 100 subjects ranging from 18 to 22 years of age. These individuals, who were not intoxicated, we asked to stand with their arms at their sides, feet together and their eyes shut. They were then given proper instructions.
After the instructions, the individuals were asked to open their eyes and immediately answer the question: “How much time was that?” The data collected concerned the amount of sway, the eyelid flutter and the accuracy of the time estimation provided by each subject.
The results revealed that the majority of the individuals displayed eyelid flutters, swayed by at least half an inch, and were off in terms of their time estimation. These are all signs of intoxication. Even though these individuals were sober, the results of the Romberg test revealed them to be intoxicated. As such, the study revealed that poor performance on this test does not necessarily mean the intoxication.
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