Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE)






The Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Police Officer Standards and Training Council’s Field Services Training Division and the Dept. of Transportation, Office of Highway Safety has scheduled a 2 day, “Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement” (ARIDE) training class on Thursday, November 2, 2017 thru Friday, November 3, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Connecticut Police Academy, 285 Preston Avenue, Meriden, CT.     


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) and the Technical Advisory Panel (TAP).  To attend the ARIDE course, you must be SFST trained.  The SFST program trains officers to identify and assess drivers suspected of being under the influence of alcohol while the Drug Evaluation and Classification (DEC) program provides more advanced training to evaluate suspected drug impairment.  ARIDE is intended to bridge the gap between these two programs by providing officers with general knowledge related to drug impairment and by promoting the use of DREs in state of Connecticut now that has a DEC program.  One of the more significant needs of ARIDE is its review and required student demonstration of the SFST proficiency requirements.  The ARIDE program also stresses the importance of securing the most appropriate biological sample in order to identify substances likely causing impairment.


Students will be given an overview of the seven types of drug categories and the physiological effects these drugs have on the human body.  Students will learn how to observe, identify and articulate the signs of impairment related to drugs, alcohol or a combination of both.


In addition, they will learn of medical conditions and other situations that can produce similar signs of impairment.  The role of eye examinations in disclosing the possibility of drug impairment, and in suggesting the possible category or categories of drugs being used, will be discussed.  Students will receive the latest updates in Standardized Field Sobriety Testing.  Legal issues associated with impaired driving as well as pre- and post-arrest procedures will also be discussed.


Topics include: 

  • The concept of “drugs” in the context of DWI 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 major categories of drugs
  • The observable effects of each of the seven major categories of drugs
  • 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 procedures 

Note: This training will NOT qualify an officer to serve as a Drug Recognition Expert. 


Prerequisite:  This course is designed primarily for police officers who meet the IACP/NHTSA National Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Program Standards and who have successfully completed a course using the (24 Hour Minimum, including at least one Wet Lab) IACP/NHTSA approved curriculum at the time of registration.   Enrollment is limited to 25 officers.


Due to the limited number of available courses on this topic, preference will be given to candidates already trained in “SFST” level law enforcement certification.  Any explanation for preferred designation, for any reason, should be articulated in a separate letter accompanying the application.


Course Requirements: In order to receive a course certificate, students will be required to demonstrate effective skills in delivering the “SFST” Battery. 


All students must successfully complete all work assignments, including homework and all other components of this training program within the time period allowed.  Students are expected to be punctual for all class meeting times and assignments.


Please complete the registration form located on our website at and forward to the attention of Barbara Fullenwiley by email at or fax to (203) 238-6119. The deadline date is October 13, 2017.  If you have any questions, please contact Timothy Coon, Curriculum Manager at 203-427-2625. 


Officers successfully completing this seminar will receive Review Training Credit as follows: Curriculum Area VI: Patrol Procedures, 10 hours.   


There is no tuition for this course.  Coffee break refreshments are available daily at the Academy for a small fee.  Lunch may be purchased at nearby restaurants.  The uniform dress code for POSTC In-Service Training (POSTC General Notice 90-03) will be in effect.  We ask all training supervisors to inform assigned personnel that they represent their agency and are required to dress accordingly.




DISCLAIMER:  The Police Officer Standards and Training Council (POSTC) makes every effort, within its ability and resources, to provide the highest quality, most relevant in-service training programs available at minimum cost to all Connecticut police officers and agencies.  However, POSTC does not provide legal advice, and does not endorse the accuracy or completeness of specific in-service training programs provided by each of its many contractors and training providers.  The materials and opinions of individual providers offered during the course of in-service training are those of the instructor alone, and do not necessarily represent the position of the Police Officer Standards and Training Council or the State of Connecticut.  Given the multitude of disparate factual scenarios with which law enforcement personnel are presented in the discharge of their official duties, students and sponsoring agencies are strongly advised and encouraged to seek the advice and counsel of their own legal advisors before implementing concepts or adopting specific measures discussed or recommended during in-service training sessions. 


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