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Delta Police out looking to catch impaired drivers this long weekend

Last Updated Jun 30, 2019 at 1:47 pm PDT

Delta Police officers conduct a traffic stop. (Source: Delta Police, Twitter)
Summary

Delta Police say they are prepared to find impaired drivers over the long Canada Day weekend

Officers use field sobriety tests to find out whether people have been drinking and driving

DELTA (NEWS 1130) — A long weekend means busy roads, and police out making sure they are safe from impaired drivers.

To do that, police will be using standardized field sobriety tests, which are three tests to measure a person’s level of impairment.

Constable Grayson Smith with Delta Police says there’s no pass of fail — it’s a combination of factors.

“The purpose of the SFSTs is for officers to gather observable evidence that is clearly evidence of impairment, such as the specific details of poor balance or what the eyes are doing, or their inabilty to follow instructions,” he says in a new video released by the department.

What they find using these tools can be used in courts as evidence.

But it’s not just about the tests, he says, it’s also about how people behave.

“The officer considers the totality of the circumstances, including driving evidence, their interactions with the driver, as well as the results of these tests before determining how they’re going to proceed,” Smith says.

Delta Police have a video up on their Twitter that shows what they look for during their tests.

Smith says their ultimate goal is to make sure everyone gets home safely.