If a police officer has reason to believe that a motorist is intoxicated, a series of field sobriety tests is administered. If the individual does not “pass” these tests, then that person is place under arrest for drunk driving. Tests can include a breathalyzer or blood test (which is later administered) or a test that does not measure a chemical in the body, such as reciting the alphabet. Depending on the state, this can be a charge for Driving Under the Influence (DUI), Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) or Operating Under the Influence (OUI.) Although terms vary by state, they all mean the same thing, which is drunk driving.
After someone refuses a test or fails a test, he or she is issued a notice that informs him or her that their license will be suspended. The driver’s license is then confiscated and a temporary driving permit is given to the driver. The offender only has a certain, designated amount of time to request a hearing before the license suspension officially goes into effect.
Did you know?
The Administrative License Revocation (ALR) Program also applies to those arrested on charges for boating while impaired.
Not only can an individual become part of this program by failing this test, but by refusing to take the test as well.