ARIDE Training

Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE)

Recognizing the Drug Impaired Driver 

Pre-requisite: This course is designed for police officers who have successfully completed a Standard Field Sobriety Testing course using the IACP/NHTSA approved curriculum.  After an SFST review on the first morning of the first day, officers will be required to demonstrate their proficiency in SFST to remain in the class.

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 and the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police.  ARIDE was created to bridge the gap in training between the Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) and the Drug Evaluation and Classification (DEC) programs. 

ARIDE is presented by certified Drug Recognition Experts (DREs) and will provide attendees with general knowledge related to drug impairment.  Attendees will learn how to observe, identify and articulate the signs of impairment related to drugs, alcohol or a combination of both.  The program further instructs in the importance of securing the most appropriate biological sample in order to identify the substances causing the impairment. 

Topics include:  

  • The concept of “drugs” in the context of DUI enforcement
  • The role of eye examinations in disclosing the possibility of impairment
  • Medical conditions and other situations that can produce similar signs of impairment
  • Identification of the seven major categories of drugs and their observable effects
  • The physiological effects likely to result from various combinations of drugs
  • Appropriate procedures for dealing with drug-impaired or medically-impaired suspects
  • Standardized Field Sobriety Test Update
  • Legal issues associated with impaired driving
  • Pre and post-arrest procedure

This training is open to all municipal officers and state troopers who have been trained as an SFST practitioner in a NHTSA approved SFST course.  It is HIGHLY recommended that prospective students visit the official SFST website,, request a user name and password, review the SFST Student Manual and watch the videos relative to the most up-to-date SFST administration protocols.  Class size is limited.  Officers will be admitted on a first registered basis.  Please register at your earliest convenience.  Dress is business casual.

To register, email Bill Hale at or call 814-725-6137 for more information.