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2000 NHTSA SFST Manual


Saturday, May 20, 1995
Reference: 
HS 178 R2/00

2000 Student Manual for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) course

The procedures outlined in this manual describe how the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFSTs) are to be administered under ideal conditions in the field, because such conditions will not always exist. Even when administered under less than ideal conditions, they will generally serve as valid and useful indicators of impairment. Slight variations from the ideal, i.e., the inability to find a perfectly smooth surface at roadside, may have some affect on the evidentiary weight given to the results. However, this does not necessarily make the SFSTs invalid.

Contents

I. Introduction and Overview
II. Detection and General Deterrence
III. The Legal Environment
IV. Overview of Detection, Note-Taking and Testimony
V. Phase One: Vehicle in Motion
VI. Phase Two: Personal Contact
VII. Phase Three: Pre-arrest Screening
VIII. Concepts and Principles of the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests
IX. Test Battery Demonstrations
X. "Dry Run" Practice Session
XI. "Testing Subjects" Practice: First Session
XII. Processing the Arrested Suspect and Preparation for Trial
XIII. Report Writing Exercise and Moot Court
XIV. "Testing Subjects" Practice: Second Session
XV. Review and Proficiency Examinations
XVI. Written Examination and Program Conclusion

Attachment: Introduction to Drugged Driving

1. Vision and Driving - How Alcohol Affects Tracking and Focusing
2. SFST Instruction Sheets

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