Finger Count Field Sobriety Test
What is the finger count field sobriety test?
The finger count field sobriety test is one of several non-standardized field sobriety tests commonly administered by police officers to help determine if an individual is driving while impaired because of alcohol or some other substance. The finger count sobriety test is called a non-standardized test because it has not been approved by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) as a test that has measurable criteria that can determine if someone has an elevated blood alcohol content (BAC).
Finger count field sobriety test process:
- Individual is to put one hand in front of their body with the extended palm facing upward.
- The top of the thumb then separately touch the tip of the index, middle, ring and little finger.
- Count out loud, “ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR” for each finger-thumb touch.
- Reverse the process, completing a total of three complete sets.
When administering the finger count sobriety test, police officers usually look at the following in an effort to determine if the driver is intoxicated and/or impaired in some way.
- Ability to follow instructions
- Ability to count correctly
- Ability to touch each finger separately and in correct sequence
- When the subject starts and stops the test
- Performance of the correct number of sets.
Because there are no “set standards” when giving non-standardized sobriety tests such as the finger count test, they are typically called into question by experienced DUI / DWI lawyers during DUI prosecutions. Be sure to review the DUI DWI laws in your state and contact an experienced DUI Attorney.