The Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) program was developed
by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) with input from the International
Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) and the Virginia Association
of Chiefs of Police. ARIDE was created to address the gap in training between the Standardized
Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) and the Drug Evaluation and Classification (DEC) Program.
ARIDE is intended to bridge the gap between these two programs by providing officers with general
knowledge related to drug impairment and by promoting the use of DREs in states that have the DEC
Program. One of the more significant aspects of ARIDE is its review and required student demonstration
of the SFST proficiency requirements.
This course will train law enforcement officers, to observe, identify, and articulate the signs of
impairment related to drugs, alcohol or a combination of both, in order to reduce the number of impaired
drivers and impaired driving related traffic collisions. This course will train other criminal justice
professionals (prosecutors, toxicologists, etc.) to understand the signs of impairment related to drugs,
alcohol, or a combination of both and enable them to effectively work with law enforcement in order to
reduce the number of impaired drivers and impaired driving related traffic collisions.
The ARIDE course is 16 hours of classroom instruction and includes the following:
- Review of NHTSA SFSTs
- Seven categories of drugs
- Signs and symptomology
- Physiology of drugs
- Courtroom testimony
- Report writing
- Drug combinations
Successful completion of a minimum of 16 hour P.O.S.T. approved and certified basic Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST)
course is required per California Standards. Personnel should have experience using the SFSTs in order to understand and
complete the course. Additionally, in order to be considered for training in the ARIDE program, a person shall be employed
under direct contact of a criminal justice agency or institution involved in providing training services to law enforcement agencies.
Hosting this course:
If your agency is interested in hosting this course at your training facility, please contact the ARIDE State Coordinator.