Seated Battery of Standardized Field Sobriety Testing
The seated battery of standardize field sobriety testing (SFST) was developed to address a number of issues faced by marine patrol officers. These issues involve having a suspect perform balance-related tests after being on the water for all or part of the day, as well as transporting suspects on the water and finding a suitable testing location.
Additionally, when weight or mobility becomes an issue when performing the standing battery of SFST, the seated battery gives law enforcement another option for determining if an individual is under the influence. In these instances the seated battery of SFST become useful for highway patrol officers as well.
If you have not already begun seeing cases involving this testing in your state it is just a matter of time. We would like to take this opportunity to provide you with a brief exposure to them ahead of time so there are no surprises in a hearing or during trial.
For more information on the seated battery of standardized field sobriety testing or to request training in the seated battery of SFST please visit the NASBLA BOAT Program page
Resources: Letter to Judges, Prosecutors & Hearing Officers Validation of Sobriety Test for the Marine Environment Development of Sobriety Tests for the Marine Environment Nine Steps On A Seven-Step Boat
By W. Clay Abbott, TDCAA DWI Resource Prosecutor in Austin