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Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Program (SFST)
The bottom tier and foundation of the OWI Pyramid is the Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) training program. The SFST program trains law enforcement officers to identify and assess driver’s suspected of being impaired by alcohol. Officers will learn how to correctly administer, interpret and document the SFST battery during a traffic stop, increasing their proficiency in arresting impaired drivers and obtaining a successful conviction.
Basic SFST training consists of twenty four hours of lecture and hands-on instruction. SFST Refresher training consists of four hours of combined lecture and hands-on instruction.
Officers are encouraged to attend SFST Refresher training a minimum of once every four years.
Registration and materials associated with SFST training are covered through the federal grant however officer time is NOT covered or reimbursed.
New SFST law takes effect:
As of September 22, 2016, Public Act 242 requires "substantial compliance" in the administration of the SFSTs. The Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan have prepared a legal memorandum - Impact of the New Standardized Field Sobriety Test - that provides an overview of the new law, as well as instructions on how to properly perform the three SFSTs. The have also provided an SFST Scoring Sheet to help document clues observed during the tests.