Evaluation of the Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement Curriculum

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) developed the 16-hour Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) curriculum to give law enforcement officers the ability to apply information they have learned about driving under the influence of drugs to make effective arrests, based on probable cause, that provide the necessary evidence for prosecution. The program seeks to increase the officers’ overall knowledge of the general manifestations of alcohol and drug impairment and to improve their ability to recognize these indicators in the drivers they encounter during their enforcement duties. The ARIDE curriculum is a shorter-term alternative course to the Drug Evaluation and Classification (DEC) program. ARIDE was designed to assist officers in their arrest decisions, to enable them to speak more confidently about those decisions in court settings, and to aid in their judgment to call DEC-trained officers to perform Drug Recognition Evaluations when needed. It is important that NHTSA provide the most up-to-date, informative, applicable, and effective (in terms of cost, time, and resources) curriculum possible to a broad audience of law enforcement officers. The purpose of this project is to evaluate the ARIDE curriculum as it is currently delivered by assessing the overall effectiveness of linking the objectives to the course materials and how the objectives contribute to enhancing the officers’ skill at making informed arrest decisions at the roadside.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $466,043
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, D.C.  United States  20590
    • Project Managers:

      Smither, Dereece

    • Performing Organizations:

      ICF Incorporated LLC

      9300 Lee Highway
      Fairfax, VA  United States  22031
    • Start Date: 20120920
    • Expected Completion Date: 20190930
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: Behavioral Safety Research
    • Subprogram: Drug Impaired Driving

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01641189
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
    • Contract Numbers: DTNH22-12-F-00424
    • Files: RiP, USDOT
    • Created Date: Jul 18 2017 4:45PM