During traffic stops for suspected drunk driving, police often go through a battery of standardized field sobriety tests most people have either witnessed being performed on the side of the road, in the movies or have personally had to participate in. One of which is the horizontal gaze nystagmus, or simply the HGN test.
Imagine driving away from the bar - or the game, or anywhere you might have a drink or two - and seeing flashing lights in your rearview mirror. Would you be able to think critically and plan your best course of action? Or would you be like most people and panic, inadvertently doing or saying something that ended up hurting your case?
The National Transportation Safety Board recently made a sweeping recommendation that could potentially affect proceedings in cases of alleged drunk driving in Colorado and across the country. The board has recommended that all states lower their legal limit for drivers’ blood alcohol content, or BAC, to 0.05 percent – cutting the current limit by nearly half.