Many law enforcement officers are trained in Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) and the skill gained in the course as part of their overall enforcement of driving while impaired (DWI) laws. Additionally, some officers complete more advanced training though the Drug Evaluation and Classification (DEC) program and become Drug Recognition Experts (DRE). This course is intended to bridge the gap between the SFST and DRE courses and provide a level of awareness to the participants, in the area of drug impairment in the context of traffic safety. Based on that premise, the Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) course was developed with the following goals in mind:
This course will train law enforcement officers to observe, identify and articulate the signs of impairment related to drugs, alcohol, or combination of both, in order to reduce the number of impaired driving incidents as well as crashes which result in serious injuries and fatalities.
To be considered for ARIDE TRAINING the applicant must meet the following criteria:
This course is divided into sessions that are designed to provide the participant with an overview of the issue of impaired driving and 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 is to build on the Standardized Field Sobriety Test practitioner course. In order for the participant to effectively utilize the information presented in this course, NHTSA has set a prerequisite of SFST proficiency. The participant will receive a short review and update for the SFST's. After completing that session, the participant will be required to pass a SFST proficiency evaluation. Failure to successfully complete the SFST proficiency evaluation will result in dismissal from the class. At the end of the two days training a Final Exam will be given that the participant must pass to receive a Certificate.
There is no charge to attend a GTSC sponsored ARIDE class. However, travel to and from the class and lunch is the responsibility of the attendees. If you need further information contact the State Coordinator.