ARIDE: Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement

​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.

The ARIDE Course is 16 Hours of Classroom Instruction Which 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.



  • Complete the SFST/ARIDE Training Request form on the Drug Recognition Evaluator Resource Page.

  • There is no registration fee to attend this course.  This course is funded through the California Office of Traffic Safety DRE Grant.

Hosting this course:


If your agency is interested in hosting this course at your training facility, please contact the ARIDE State Coordinator.


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