DWI Detection and
March 2013 Edition
The Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) training prepares police officers and
other qualified persons to administer and interpret the results of the SFST battery. This
training under the auspices and direction of the International Association of Chiefs of
Police (IACP) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has
experienced remarkable success in detecting and apprehending intoxicated drivers
since its inception in the 1980s.
As in any educational training program, an instruction manual is considered a “living
document” that is subject to updates and changes based on advances in research
technology and science. A thorough review is made of information by the Drug
Evaluation Classification Program (DECP) Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) of the
Highway Safety Committee of the IACP with contributions from many sources in health
care science, toxicology, jurisprudence, and law enforcement. Based on this
information, any appropriate revisions and modifications in background theory, facts,
examination and decision making methods are made to improve the quality of the
instruction as well as the standardization of guidelines for the implementation of the
SFST Training Curriculum. The reorganized manuals are then prepared and
disseminated, both domestically and internationally.
Changes will take effect 90 days after approval by the TAP, unless otherwise specified
or when so designated by NHTSA/IACP or the DEC Program state coordinator.
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