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Research Article, J Forensic Toxicol Pharmacol Vol: 3 Issue: 2

Standardized Field Sobriety Test: False Positive Test Rate among Sober Subjects

Keith Yoshizuka*, Paul J Perry, Greta Upton, Ingrid Lopes and Eric J Ip
College of Pharmacy Touro University, California, USA
Corresponding author : Dr. Keith Yoshizuka, PharmD, MBA, JD
Associate Professor, College of Pharmacy, Touro University, California, USA
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E-mail: [email protected]
Received: January 08, 2014 Accepted: April 09, 2014 Published: April 16, 2014
Citation: Yoshizuka K, Perry PJ, Upton G, Lopes I, Eric J Ip (2014) Standardized Field Sobriety Test: False Positive Test Rate among Sober Subjects. J Forensic Toxicol Pharmacol 3:2. doi:10.4172/2325-9841.1000120

Abstract

Standardized Field Sobriety Test: False Positive Test Rate among Sober Subjects

The Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST) is a series of exercises that a law enforcement officer gives to a driver suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol. The original research that demonstrated a high correlation between failure of the SFST and a high blood alcohol concentration did not utilize a standard control group to validate that the failure of the SFST was not a characteristic of the population at large. This study examined a series of drug naive subjects to determine the rate of failure of the SFST to accurately distinguish a suspect with high blood alcohol content from the general public. Of the 185 subjects tested, 26% of the drug naïve subjects failed the SFST.

Keywords: Standardized field sobriety test; False positives; Blood alcohol concentration

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