"Can you walk a straight line?"

The Walk and Turn is the field sobriety test that most people know about. However, walking a straight line is just one of EIGHT possible clues that Columbus Police look for when investigating you for DUI. Keep in mind that the line can be real or imaginary. The belief that you simply have to walk a straight line to pass this test is the reason that most people perform so awfully on this test. Always remember that the standardized field sobriety tests used to detect OVI are all about dividing your attention. A person impaired by drugs or alcohol will have much more difficulty processing multiple pieces of information at once. The following are the actual instructions the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration tells law enforcement to give to a person suspected of OVI. The officer will give these instructions and even demonstrate some of them. . . but not all. Listen carefully!