Thursday, May 10, 2007

"Field Sobriety" Tests--Call Your Lawyer!

Ever take one of those "field sobriety" tests?

Here's an interesting paragraph about them:

So hundreds of thousands of drivers have been arrested -- no doubt many deservedly so -- on the basis of a 30-year-old study that, critics argue, has never been published in a peer-reviewed, scientific journal, never tested on a large scale with a control group and, perhaps more astonishing, has nothing to do with actual impairment from alcohol. Burns [the pshrink who created the test] is quite upfront in admitting the tests are designed only to gauge blood alcohol content, not whether you're a menace on the road.

Worth noting.

And the rest of the article is worth reading, by the way.

HT: Dappled Things

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