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2007 NHTSA ARIDE Manual

Tuesday, November 20, 2007
NHTSA 11/07

2007 Participant Manual for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE)

NHTSA 11/07; 104 pgs

Course Introduction

Many law enforcement officers are trained in Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFFST) and use the skills gained in the course as part of their overall enforcement of driving while impaired (DWI) laws. Additionally, some officers complete more advance training through the Drug Evaluation and Classification (DEC) program and become Drug Recognition Experts (DRE). This course is not designed as a substitute to the DEC program and will not qualify or certify an individual as a DRE. This course is intended to bridge the gap between the SFST and DRE courses and to provide a level of awareness to the participants, both law enforcement and other criminal justice professionals, in the area of drug impairment in the context of traffic safety. Based on that premise, the Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) course was developed.


I. Introduction and Overview

II. Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFST) Update and Review

III. Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFST) Proficiency Examinations

IV. Drugs in the Human Body

V. Observations of the Eyes and Other Sobriety Tests for Impairment

VI. Seven Major Drug Categories

VII. Drug Combinations

VIII. Pre- and Post-Arrest Procedures

ARIDE Drug Class Matrix