Finger to Nose Test
Finger to Nose Test. The finger to nose test is a common “test” when you get pulled over for a DUI. The finger to nose test makes you tilt your head back and with the tip of your index finger, touch the tip with your nose with your eyes closed. You have to repeat this 3 times with each hand, and the officer will say which hand to use for each try. This test doesn’t really do anything to show that you’re impaired. What this test does is show the officer that you can follow instructions. If you sway or have body tremors. Your depth perception or any strange sounds during the test. And if you can touch your face with your index finger. The reason why it doesn’t show that you’re impaired is because although you may show signs of impairment, its not definitely because of drinking. Because of this, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration does not officially approve of the test. But because this is not an approved test, officers go with their judgement since there’s no specific clues to look for.
What are the clues?
1. If you can follow instructions. A person may not be able to follow each instruction and failing to correctly do the test.
2. If you sway and how much. If you have trouble maintaining balance, the officer may take it as a sign of impairment.
3. if your body tremors. Shaking while doing the test may make the officer question if you are sober.
4. Muscle Tone. If you seem too stiff, or too loose during the test, the officer may mark it down.
5. Unusual sounds. If you make remarks such as “i need to piss” or burp the officer will see it as impairment.
6. Depth perception. When touching you nose, the officer will look at how well you can perceive depth. If you are too slow, or too fast then thats a sign.
7. Correct sequence. The officer will direct you to touch your nose with what hand. If you failed to go in order, the officer will mark it against you.
If you felt cheated with the finger to nose test, meet with an attorney.