Standardized Field Sobriety Test Training at the PSO

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Thanks to Lt. Ernie McArthur for taking photos and video.

Employees from the City of Jasper Fire Department and KnowPickens.com served as test subjects for officers to perform Standardized Field Sobriety Tests after a three day class at the Pickens Sheriff's Office. City of Jasper Fire Chief Steve Roper, Asst. Fire Chief Von Headrick, Terri Walters and Mari Livsey were transported from their individual homes by Lt. Ernie McArthur to the Pickens County Adult Detention Center.

The hangout for the next few hours was the PSO staff kitchen. Each participant filled out a form that included their weight to determine how much alcohol to serve. The chart below indicates the ounces of 80-proof distilled alcoholic beverage to consume, in relation to weight and the 'target' peak BAC (blood alcohol content), during a two hour interval.

Weight (pounds)

120
130
140
150
160
170
180
190
200
210
220
230
0.04 - 0.06

4
4
4
5
5
5
6
6
6
7
7
7
0.12 - 0.14

6
6
7
7
8
8
9
9
10
10
11
11

Alcohol consummation was controlled in various intervals and documented, and pizza and snacks were provided. Test subjects were under constant supervision except for restroom breaks, and even then officers checked if gone too long. Consumption varied with the subjects and listed below, along with ounces consumed and BAC determined by an Alco-Sensor before being tested by the students.
Name

Steve
Von
Terri
Mari
Ounces

14.5
11.5
9
11.5
BAC

.094
.078
.111
.144

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) developed three Standardized field sobriety tests (Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus, the Nine Step Walk & Turn, and the One Leg Stand) to help officers determine whether a DUI suspect's blood alcohol content exceeds .08 percent. Four different groups of officers from Pickens and surrounding areas performed these test on each subject. Listed below are their assessements with final BAC determined by the Alco-Sensor.
Name

Steve
Von
Terri
Mari
Group 1

.09
.08
.10-11
.18
Group 2

.110
.08
.08-09
.12-13
Group 3

.130
.08
.06
.08
Group 4

.08
.10
.06
.11
BAC

.087
.085
.110
.20

Comments from the test subjects:

"I wish that everyone could have that opportunity to see that they are really more intoxicated than they think." ~ Steve

"I didn't feel too intoxicated to drive, however the test results showed me differently. Even one drink is one too many." ~ Von

"I felt completely fine and in control. I felt as if I could drive a car with no problem." ~ Terri

"I knew I was drunk and shouldn't drive. What I didn't know was that I would miss an important meeting that night for KnowPickens.com. Thanks to Ernie for coming to check on me to see why I didn't show up. The PSO really took great care of us all and I was annoying. After watching the video, I know that drunk doesn't look good on me." ~ Mari


The Governor's Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) continues with their Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over campaign and reports there is a 11% reduction in impaired driving fatalities in 2010. For New Year's Eve and Super Bowl Sunday, GOHS has created both an Android and Apple iPhone application which allows Georgians to have mobile access to organizations around the state providing free rides home for those who are impaired by alcohol. See more information at www.drivesobergeorgia.com.

If you don't heed our warnings and are found to be DUI, John Rauch with A-1 Liberty Bail Bonds said to get out of jail, you can expect to pay 12-15% for bonds under $10,000 and 15% for those over.

See video below of the test on Mari Livsey, the drunkest of the bunch.



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