Session 6-Phase Two: Personal Contact
DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing
• What is your middle name?
• What are other unusual questions you
Ask Unusual Questions
The third technique, asking unusual questions, is employed after you have obtained the
driver's license and registration. Using this technique, you seek verifying information
through unusual questions. For example, while holding the driver's license, you might
ask the driver, "What is your middle name?"
There are many such questions which the driver normally would be able to answer
easily, but which might prove difficult if the driver is impaired, simply because they are
unusual questions. Unusual questions require the driver to process information; this can
be especially difficult when the driver does not expect to have to process information.
For example, a driver may respond to the question about the middle name by giving a
first name. In this case the driver ignored the unusual question and responded instead
to a usual -- but unasked -- question.Source: DWI Detection and
March 2013 Edition