How accurate is a DUI test?

Published: May. 19, 2014 at 10:25 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 5, 2016 at 10:33 PM EDT
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THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - Thomasville police made multiple arrests for drinking and driving over the weekend.      They expect the problem to increase over the summer.

They say it won't do you any good to try beat the system if you get pulled over.  If you think you can beat a sobriety test, if you drive drunk, officers say you've got another thing coming.

"You're just not going to trick them, you can't make your eyes not voluntary jerk, they will do it, people don't even know that it's happening," said Chris Baggett of the Thomasville Police Dept.

With the summer approaching, police want folks to know that it only takes suspicion of intoxication to earn a driver a trip to jail.

"It usually follows another traffic violation and once that violation is detected the officer gets the vehicle stopped, usually from the stop something is detected by the officer that causes him to think that this person may be under the influence," said Lt. Eric Hampton of the Thomasville Police Dept.

At that point the person is tested on the spot.  "The last one I did was a vertical gaze test which tells if it's a high volume for that person, but the horizontal gaze it's an eye exam you can't get around it. It's the involuntary jerking of the eyes," said Officer Chris Baggett, who says there are other indicators that a person has been drinking.

"When they are impaired, they'll say they understand and get half way down and ask 'what was I supposed to do?'"   The field sobriety testing includes three main tests that force the driver to engage in divided tasks which all lead up to the voluntary breathalyzer test.

If the numbers don't look right, the driver is taken into custody for a state administered chemical test. A test that could lead to DUI charges and fines; problems that can be avoided if you don't drive after drinking.

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