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STEPHEN JONES: Most people are pulled over for operating under the influence, which is what it's called in Massachusetts for a motor vehicle offense. It could be crossing over the lines. It could be running a stop sign. It could be for speeding. Many times it also involves an accident and the police responding to the scene of an accident.
Perhaps one of the most important things you should do when pulled over is to be polite to the officer. That's number one. Number two, you should refuse to take any field sobriety tests. These are tests that are designed for people who are younger, who have good balance, good coordination. And as we age, and even some people who are younger can't do these tests on any given day.
The problem is field sobriety tests are designed for people that have an assumed certain level of balance and coordination. These tests are very often much more difficult for some people than others. It might be as a result of age. It be as a result of infirmity. It might be as a result of a lack of balance and coordination, as I mentioned earlier. But you never know whether you're going to do these tests. And they're the only test you'll ever take that you need a 100 to pass.