Walk and Turn Test (WAT)

The Walk and Turn test is one of three field sobriety tests that comprise the standardized field sobriety test (SFST) battery (the other two tests are the one leg stand test and the horizontal gaze nystagmus).

In this test, the subject assumes a heel-to-toe stance with the subject’s arms down at her side. The subject is to maintain this position until the officer tells her to begin walking. At that time, pursuant to the instructions given by the officer during the instruction phase, the subject is to take 9 heel-to-toe steps down a real or imaginary line, turn around and take 9 heel-to-toe steps back up the line. The turn is not a pivot, but instead is made by taking a series of small steps with one foot, keeping the front foot on the line. While walking, the subject is to keep her arms at her side, watch her feet at all times, and count her steps out loud. Examples of conditions that may interfere with suspect’s performance of the walk and turn test include wind and weather conditions; the suspect being over the age of sixty; the footwear of the suspect; and highway traffic.

Even if your performance on the WAT test is poor you still have many defenses available to win your case.Without an experienced DUI/DWI defense team fighting for you, you are in an unfair fight. You should act fast and act decisively.

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