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ARIDE Training

Date(s) - 07/18/2017 - 07/19/2017
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Charles County Sheriff's Office

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Title:  Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE)  
Date:  July 18-19, 2017
Times:  0800 hrs. – 1600 hrs.
Location: Charles County Sheriff’s Office. 3670 Leonardtown Rd., Waldorf, MD  20601
Cost:  Free
Description: ARIDE is intended to bridge the gap between SFST and DEC/DRE programs by providing officers with general knowledge related to drug impairment and by promoting the use of DREs.  One of the more significant aspects of ARIDE is the required student demonstration of SFST proficiency.  The ARIDE program enables participants to recognize the signs and symptoms associated with 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.


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 Exam
  • 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 DRE program state coordinator.


The ARIDE course can be used as an SFST update. This course is designed to build on the Standardized Field Sobriety Test practitioner course. In order for the participant to effectively utilize the information presented in this course, NHTSA has set a prerequisite of SFST proficiency. The participant will recieve ashort review and update. All participants are required to pass an SFST proficiency evaluation. Failure to successfully complete the SFST evaluation will result in dismissal from class.


How to Register: Use the following link to register:


or email Tom Woodward at with attendee’s name, agency, email address and a contact phone number.  An email will be returned confirming class registration.

Who to contact with questions:  Questions may be directed to Mr. Tom Woodward at or call (301) 988-6954.

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