Question: What is the one-leg stand test in Texas?
Answer: The one-leg-stand, you’re supposed to stand with your legs together and then arms by your side, and then lift one foot up approximately six inches off the ground, and point your toe and watch your toe and count, “one thousand one, one thousand two,” until you hit approximately 30 seconds. A lot of things can affect how a person does on those tests: a lot of folks just don’t have good balance; folks have problems with their knees, ankles, hips, inner-ear infections. There’s just a whole lot of things that can affect how a person does on those tests that has absolutely nothing to do with alcohol or drugs in the person’s system, it’s just unique to that individual. And what might be normal for one person on that test is not going to be the same for everybody. They like to use a cookie cutter approach to say that everybody should be able to do those tests, but it’s just not true.