Last week, I had a doctor’s appointment in Pittsburgh. We had the radio on and there was a commercial for one of the Pittsburgh news stations. They were advertising for an upcoming segment about the tests that they do for DUI. Apparently, some people think that those tests are designed to have people fail.
I have never been pulled over for a DUI, suspected or otherwise, and my only experience with the field sobriety tests is what I have seen on TV. Back in the early days of neuropathy, I felt like I could walk normally and I didn’t have any balance issues like I do today. However, when I would see people on TV having to walk with one foot in front of the other or stand on one leg, I used to wonder if I would be able to do that because of the neuropathy. I know that I can’t do that now, but I also don’t drive anymore because of the neuropathy so I don’t need to worry about it.
If you have neuropathy, even if it is a mild version of it, could you pass those tests? Have you thought about what to do if you get pulled over for a suspected DUI? I don’t know what the right answer is and laws vary by state. In PA, if you refuse to do the field sobriety tests, you automatically get arrested. You are going to get arrested if you flunk the tests also. Obviously, you can ask to have blood work done and that will prove you weren’t drinking, but what happens while you wait on that?
I found the report that I heard advertised and they have a video along with an article about it. You can see that here.