Field sobriety tests are not always accurate. Sober people may easily fail these tests, which often require good balance and mobility.
Anyone driving around town throughout Virginia, especially during the hot summer nights, might have encountered sobriety checkpoints or been asked to conduct a sobriety test during a traffic stop. Field sobriety tests are one of the methods that law enforcement officers use to try to find drunk drivers. These tests are often conducted without additional testing, such as chemical or breath tests. During a field sobriety test, police officers use their own judgment to determine if a driver has been drinking or not. Sometimes this results in a driver being falsely accused of a crime.