Event Calendar

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Advance Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) Training Course

Start Date: 9/29/2021 8:00 AM EDT
End Date: 9/30/2021 5:00 PM EDT

Venue Name: Virginia State Police Training Academy

7700 Midlothian Turnpike
North Chesterfield, VA  United States  23235

Organization Name: Virginia Highway Safety Office

Melanie Stokes
Email: Melanie.Stokes@DMV.Virginia.gov
Phone: (804) 512-4141

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. 

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 (DREs).

Registration: Registration is free, along with lodging and lunch. Attendees must register for and attend the entire two-day, 16-hour course. Course size is limited. Registration is first-come, first-served. Contact Impaired Driving Coordinator Melanie Stokes at Melanie.Stokes@DMV.Virginia.gov or 804-512-4141 to register. After securing registration, send lodging and/or lunch requests to Virginia State Police (VSP) at ARIDE_DRE@vsp.virginia.gov. Also, VSP will secure credit from the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services for those who successfully complete the course.