Individuals who are stopped in Wisconsin on suspicion of drunk driving may find themselves confronted with the need to perform sobriety testing. Sobriety testing is used by authorities to determine if drunk driving suspects exhibit recognized markers of intoxication. It gives police probable cause to arrest individuals on drunk driving charges and gives justification to the charges. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration there are three generally accepted forms of sobriety testing that individuals may experience during a traffic stop.
For Wisconsin residents Memorial Day often represents the official start of summer. It is when people begin to clean up their boats and prepare their grills for cookouts. Gatherings of family and friends frequently occur and alcohol is consumed at picnics, barbeques and other social events.
All across the state, Wisconsin drivers are asked by authorities to perform field sobriety tests when police officers believe that the drivers' actions demonstrate evidence of intoxication. While such tests can include walking in a straight line, reciting common lists such as the alphabet and other coordination and memory-based drills, Wisconsin residents may refuse to perform those tests if they so choose.