The Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) program is sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and was developed by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Technical Advisory Panel (TAP). ARIDE was created to address the gap in training between the Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) and the Drug Evaluation and Classification (DEC) Program. It is not intended to replace the Drug Recognition (DRE) Expert Program, and participants will NOT be qualified to be DREs.
The SFST program trains officers to identify and assess drivers suspected of being under the influence of alcohol while the DEC Program provides more advanced training to evaluate suspected drug impairment. The SFST assessment is typically employed at roadside, while an officer trained as a drug recognition expert (DRE) through the DEC Program conducts a drug evaluation in a more controlled environment such as a detention facility.
ARIDE is a 16-hour training course, which is intended to bridge the gap between these two programs by providing officers with more knowledge related to drug impairment and by promoting the use of DREs. The ARIDE program also stresses the importance of securing the most appropriate biological sample in order to identify substances likely causing impairment.
In order to be accepted to an ARIDE class, participants must have successfully completed the NHTSA/IACP SFST course. On the first day participants must successfully demonstrate their SFST skills during an SFST proficiency assessment. This is mandatory in order to continue on in the ARIDE class.
With the dramatic increase in drugged driving incidents, this course will give the participants more knowledge and skills in the detection and apprehension of drug impaired drivers. Further, In Massachusetts with the legalization of recreational marijuana, participants will become much more confident in their ability to remove these impaired drivers from the roadways.
For more information about this program please contact: Sergeant Donald Decker (Ret), Drug Recognition Expert (DRE).
The prerequisite for attending ARIDE is Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) certification. Although the focus of ARIDE is on drug impaired driving, the participants will get review of the SFSTs.
In order to be accepted to an ARIDE class, participants must have successfully completed the NHTSA/IACP SFST course. On the first day participants must successfully demonstrate their SFST skills during an SFST proficiency assessment in front of an instructor. This is mandatory in order to continue on in the ARIDE class.