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Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE)

Advance Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) Training Course

March 1 and 2, 2021, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fairfax Police Department Operations Support Bureau, 3911 Woodburn Road
Annandale Va. 22003.

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March 22 and 23, 2021, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Chesapeake Public Safety Operations Center
2130 South Military Highway
Chesapeake, Va. 23320

Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement, or ARIDE, is a 16-hour course intended to bridge the gap between the Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) and Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) courses. Police officers, prosecutors and toxicologist will learn how to observe, identify, and articulate the signs of impairment related to drugs, alcohol, or a combination of both. One of the more significant aspects is the review and required student demonstration of the SFST proficiency requirements. The ARIDE course also stresses the importance of securing the most appropriate biological sample to identify substances causing impairment.

Anyone who has been exposed to the coronavirus, or who is experiencing symptoms, is asked not to attend. Temperatures will be taken and symptom-related questions will be asked before entry. Face coverings over the mouth and nose must be worn at all times inside the building.

Requirements: This course is designed for those who have successfully completed a course using the 24-hour SFST curriculum approved by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Police officers must demonstrate proficiency in conducting Standardized Field Sobriety Testing to attend this course. Officers who cannot correctly demonstrate and articulate the tests will not be permitted to continue the course. This training will not qualify officers to serve as drug recognition experts (DRE).

Registration: Contact Impaired Driving Coordinator Melanie Stokes at Melanie.Stokes@DMV.Virginia.gov or 804-512-4141 to register. Registration is FREE. Attendees must register for and attend the entire two-day, 16-hour course. Course size is limited. Registration is first-come, first-served.

A Training Option Bridging the GAP between SFST and DRE

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/DRE) Program.

The SFST program trains officers to identify and assess drivers suspected of being under the influence of alcohol, while the DEC/DRE 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 12-step evaluation in a more controlled environment such as a jail or a detention facility.

ARIDE is intended to bridge the gap between the SFST and DEC/DRE 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 the required student demonstration of the SFST proficiency requirement. The ARIDE program stresses the importance of the signs and symptoms of the seven drug categories. This course will train law enforcement officers to observe, identify and articulate the signs of impairment related to drugs, alcohol, or a combination of both, to reduce the number of impaired driving incidents and crashes that result in serious injuries and fatalities. This course will educate other criminal justice professionals (prosecutors, toxicologists, judges, etc.) to understand the signs of impairment related to drugs, alcohol, or a combination of both, to enable them to effectively work with law enforcement in order to reduce the number of impaired driving incidents as well as crashes which result in serious injuries and fatalities.

ARIDE is a 16-hour training course and is taught by DRE instructors. The following summarizes the sessions contained in the ARIDE course:

  • Introduction and Overview of Drugs and Highway Safety
  • SFST Update, Review and Proficiency Examination
  • Observations of Eyes and other Sobriety Tests to Detect Alcohol and Drug Impairment
  • Seven Drug Categories
  • Effects of Drug Combinations
  • Pre- and Post-Arrest Procedures

The training will be conducted under the administration and approval of the DEC/DRE program state coordinator. To inquire about training, contact:

Melanie Stokes
Impaired Driving Program Manager
Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles
2300 West Broad Street, Room 405
Richmond, Va. 23220
Melanie.Stokes@DMV.Virginia.gov

The ARIDE-course can be used as an SFST update. This course is designed to build on the Standardized Field Sobriety Test practitioner course. For the participant to effectively utilize the course information, NHTSA requires SFST proficiency first. All participants will receive a short review and update, and are required to pass an SFST proficiency evaluation. Failure to successfully complete the SFST proficiency evaluation will result in dismissal from class.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • All participants MUST be SFST proficient.
  • Must submit Tcledds Report (TCOLE) reflecting 24 SFST course.
  • Must pass an SFST Proficiency and Course Assessment.