The Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) course trains law enforcement officers to observe, identify and articulate the signs of impairment related to drugs, alcohol, or combination of both. This course was designed to provide participants with an enhanced level of awareness in drug impairment as it relates to traffic safety and improves upon their Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) proficiency.
To be considered for ARIDE training, the applicant shoould meet the following criteria:
Have a minimum of one-year Road Patrol experience.
Be off probation with your agency.
Have at least one year of experience after successfully completing SFST Training.
Have a reasonable background and level of experience in making DWI arrests.
The ARIDE course is divided into sessions that are designed to provide the participant with an overview of the issue of impaired driving, the effects of drugs and alcohol on a person’s ability to operate a vehicle safely, as well as demonstrate methods of identifying and processing the impaired driver.
This course builds on the Standardized Field Sobriety Test practitioner course. In order for the participant to effectively utilize the information presented in this course, NHTSA requires the student to have SFST Proficiency. The participant will receive a short review and update for the SFSTs. The participant will be then required to demonstrate proficiency.
This 16-hour course is NOT designed as a substitute to the DEC program and will NOT QUALIFY or CERTIFY an individual as a Drug Recognition Expert.