When police suspect that a driver has been drinking, they will often request a field sobriety test. While field sobriety tests are usually not used as evidence in court, they are used to establish probable cause for the use of breath tests and blood alcohol tests.
One of the biggest challenges with tests used to determine if a person will be arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol is the subjectivity of field sobriety tests and potential for inaccurate Breathalyzer tests. This is true whether someone is arrested here in Annapolis, or anywhere else across the country.
Maryland drivers who have been convicted of drunk driving charges know that the risks of drinking and driving rarely measure up to the potential penalties for being caught. Not only are the potential penalties expensive in terms of money (large fines), freedom (jail time) and prestige (a criminal record), there are some relatively recent phenomena that end up making the whole affair even more embarrassing.
Often, summer holidays bring out increased efforts to enforce Maryland’s drunk driving law. Police sobriety checkpoints and increased patrols are often used by law enforcement to catch drunk drivers.