Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE)

Tuition:         No Cost

The Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Police Officer Standards and Training Council’s Field Services Training Division, in partnership with the Department of Transportation Highway Safety Office and the Montville Police Department, have scheduled a 2 day “Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement” (ARIDE) training class on Wednesday November 17, 2021 thru Thursday November 18, 2021, from 0800-1600 hours, at the Montville Police Department, 911 Norwich-New London Turnpike, Uncasville, CT 06382.

The 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). **The prerequisite for attending ARIDE is Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) certification** .  Although the focus of ARIDE is on drug impaired driving, students will get a review of the SFSTs and must demonstrate their proficiency in front of an instructor. Students must pass this SFST proficiency exam to continue.

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 Drug Recognition Experts in the State of Connecticut.  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 SFST 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
  • SFST update
  • Legal issues associated with impaired driving
  • Pre-and post-arrest procedures

Prerequisite: SFST Certification (24 Hour Minimum, including at least one Wet Lab)    

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.

Enrollment is limited to 24 officers.  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 by November 5, 2021.

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.  The uniform dress code for POSTC In-Service Training (POSTC General Notice 90-03) will be in effect.  **A LAPTOP IS REQUIRED TO ACCESS THE COURSE MATERIALS.  NONE WILL BE PROVIDED, BRING YOUR OWN**

DISCLAIMER:  The Police Officer Standards and Training Council (POST-C) 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, POST-C 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, the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, 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.