Field Sobriety Testing 1.0

Field Sobriety Testing 1.0 

The need to remove intoxicated drivers from our roadways is a major priority for law enforcement management. Efforts to enforce intoxication laws face many obstacles. Among these obstacles is the difficulty of identifying likely offenders on the highway. Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) prepares officers and other qualified persons to administer and interpret the results of the SFST battery of tests. This training has experienced remarkable success in detecting and apprehending intoxicated drivers since the 1980s. This course outlines the key elements and applications of SFST.


Hours: 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (3 Match)

Oklahoma Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training


This class has been accredited by the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training for 1.00 hours of mandatory continuing education credit. Regarding any law enforcement concepts, practices, methods, techniques, products, or devices as might be taught, promoted, or otherwise espoused in outside schools or seminars, there is no intent, expressed or implied, that ‘accreditation’ indicates or in any way conveys ‘CLEET approval’ of such concepts, practices, methods, techniques, products, or devices, unless such approval is explicitly stated by CLEET.

Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training


Relias Learning is a continuing education sponsor as approved by the Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training. This course Field Sobriety Testing 1.0, 10397-0116 has been approved by the POST Board for continuing education credit. Peace officers who successfully complete this course will receive 1.00 hours of continuing education.

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Indiana Law Enforcement Academy


This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-PS-0-FST
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 6/30/2022
Learning Objectives:
Recall drunk driving statistics and the history of the field sobriety tests.
Identify various drug categories and drug effects.
Recognize the requirements for identification of alcohol impairment.
Sequence the procedures of field sobriety tests.
Choose and apply recommended enforcement tips for DWI investigations.

I. Field Sobriety Testing A. Fraud Warning II. Introduction A. OSS – Academy® B. Navigating this Course C. About This Course D. Learning Objectives III. Statistics and History of Sobriety Tests A. Drug Statistics B. Drunk Driving Statistics C. Statistics D. History E. 1977 F. Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus G. HGN Examination H. Valid Study I. Blood Alcohol Content J. Blood Alcohol Content – Limits Set K. Accuracy L. Standardized Field Sobriety Test M. Statistics and History of Sobriety Tests N. An Interesting Fact IV. Alcohol Impairment A. Impaired Drivers B. Blood Alcohol Concentration C. Alcohol 101 D. Alcohol 101 – Fermentation E. Ethanol as a Depressant F. Alcohol and Blood G. Man vs. Woman H. Alcohol Duration I. Alcohol Impairment J. Interesting Fact V. Drug Impairment A. Definitions B. Drug Categories & Effects C. Central Nervous System Depressants D. CNS Depressants - Indicators E. Central Nervous System Stimulants F. CNS Stimulant Uses G. CNS Stimulants – Indicators H. Hallucinogens I. Phencyclidine (PCP) J. Narcotic Analgesics K. Inhalants L. Cannabis M. Combination Use N. Drug Impairment O. Interesting Fact VI. Field Sobriety Tests A. Basic Law Statutes B. Convictions C. DWI Detection D. DWI Enforcement E. Three Phases of DWI Detection F. 10 Post Stop Cues G. Breath Test H. Detection Process I. Testing J. Use of Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus K. Nystagmus L. Eye Resting Nystagmus M. Eye Tracking N. Pupil Size O. Gaze Nystagmus Testing – Video P. Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Testing Q. Vertical Gaze Nystagmus (VGN) Testing R. Walk and Turn (WAT) Test S. One Leg Stand (OLS) – Test T. Conviction Tips U. Interesting Fact VII. Enforcement Tips A. Enforcement Tips – Consistency B. Safety Protocol C. Straight Line D. Use Common Sense E. Weather F. Road Hazards G. Enforcement Tips H. Interesting Fact VIII.Conclusion A. Summary B. From the Academy Staff C. References D. Congratulations

Instructor: David Lee Salmon II, BS
David Lee Salmon has a BS in Criminal Justice from San Houston State University, Texas. David's background includes being a Law Enforcement and Jail Risk Manager, as well as having served in the U.S. Army Military Intelligence. He currently is the OSS Academy Training Coordinator, based in Texas, providing Law Enforcement and Corrections staff with online training. David also serves as the Vice-President of the OSS Law Enforcement Advisors, which provides risk management services, expert witness services, training programs, and law enforcement management tools. Disclosure: David Lee Salmon II, BS has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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