The Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) training curriculum collectively prepares police officers and other qualified persons to conduct the SFSTs for use in DWI investigations. This training is widely used across the United States and is considered the gold standard in field sobriety testing. After completing the training, Matthew and Julie are now certified in the Administration of Standardized Field Sobriety Testing for DWI Detection.

NHSTA Standardized Field Sobriety Training Program: What You Need to Know

SFSTs determine if a driver is impaired by alcohol or drugs. The results of these tests, along with other factors such as the driver's behavior and the officer's observations, can be used as evidence in court to support a DUI charge. The SFST Program has been widely recognized as an effective tool in reducing the number of impaired drivers on our roads.

The NHTSA’s SFST program has been rigorously tested and validated through scientific research and is a reliable and accurate method for detecting impaired drivers. Using standardized tests and procedures, law enforcement officers can ensure that they conduct field sobriety tests consistently and fairly, which helps us protect our DUI clients' rights.

In addition to the SFST Program, we also offer a variety of other programs and initiatives to improve highway safety. These include programs to reduce distracted driving, promote seat belt use, and increase awareness of the dangers of driving while impaired.

Overall, the NHSTA is committed to promoting safe driving practices and reducing the number of crashes, injuries, and fatalities on our nation's highways.

Purpose and Importance

The purpose of SFSTs is to provide a standardized, objective method for evaluating a driver's level of impairment. This is supposed to help law enforcement make informed decisions about whether to arrest a driver for DUI and help ensure their actions are supported by evidence in court.

Research has shown that SFSTs are generally effective at identifying drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs. However, like any test, they are not foolproof. Factors such as medical conditions, fatigue, and nervousness can all affect a driver's test performance. Additionally, some drivers may be able to perform the tests adequately despite being impaired.

Training on conducting SFSTs is essential for defense attorneys, so we can use that training to dispute the results. For example, with insider knowledge of how the tests are conducted, we can investigate whether the test was executed correctly.

Impact and Success of the SFST Program

Since its inception, the SFST program has been instrumental in reducing the number of alcohol-related accidents and fatalities on our nation's roads. The program has successfully trained law enforcement officers and other professionals, such as attorneys, to investigate DUI claims appropriately.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the SFST program has helped reduce alcohol-related fatalities by 36% since its implementation. This is a testament to the program's effectiveness in keeping our roads safe.

Gilman Law: Committed to Protecting Your Rights

At Gilman Law, we care about reducing impaired driving while defending the rights of those who have received a DUI. By receiving training through the NHTSA’s SFST program, we can better serve our community as a whole. Contact us today to learn more about how Gilman Law can help your DUI case.

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