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Impaired Driving

Significant programs are in place that have helped Indiana become a national model for impaired driving prevention and enforcement: peer-to-peer assistance is provided to law enforcement departments statewide through six regional law enforcement liaisons; participation in “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" national mobilizations; a paid statewide media campaign promoting increased enforcement; a dedicated program manager overseeing the coordination of Indiana's Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) and Drug Recognition Evaluation Training (DRE) programs; continuing education/training is provided to law enforcement, judges and prosecutors; funding to conduct underage compliance checks for purchasing alcohol and conducting training programs through the Indiana Excise Police; provide impaired driving traffic enforcement equipment to law enforcement; and omprovement of the state traffic records program through various grant opportunities with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Training Opportunities

  • SFST: Courses for new Standard Field Sobriety Test (SFST) instructors will be held at the Lawrence Police Department (5150 N Post Road, Lawrence, IN 46226). Existing SFST instructors are asked to sign up for the ILEA basic courses.
  • ARIDE: Due to COVID-19, we are in the process of rescheduling several ARIDE courses. Click here for future training opportunities and information about the ARIDE program.
  • DRE: The Drug Evaluation and Classification Program (DECP) trains police officers and other approved public safety officials as Drug Recognition Experts (DREs) through a three-phase training process. Click here to register for the DRE school.

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Standard Field Sobriety Test (SFST)

The SFST Instructor Development Course is a comprehensive instructor course. This five-day course is designed to impart the student-instructor with the knowledge and skills for instructing the SFST Course. The course concentrates on effective general teaching skills then incorporates the SFST curriculum. The 40 hours of classroom training include, but are not limited to, the following subjects: concepts of adult learning and teaching; teaching techniques; basic public speaking; effective classroom presentations; standardzied field sobriety testing curriculum; drugs that impair driving curriculum; managing a live alcohol workshop and student instructor presentations of SFST curriculum sessions.

Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE)

ARIDE is intended to bridge the gap between the SFST and DEC/DRE programs by providing officers with general knowledge related to drug impairment and by promoting the use of DREs in states that have the DEC Program. One of the more significant aspects of ARIDE is the required student demonstration of the SFST proficiency requirement. The ARIDE program stresses the importance of the signs and symptoms of 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, in order to reduce the number of impaired driving incidents as well as crashes which result in serious injuries and fatalities. This course will educate other criminal justice professionals (prosecutors, toxicologists, judges, etc.) to understand the signs of impairment related to drugs, alcohol, or a combination of both, to enable them to effectively work with law enforcement in order to reduce the number of impaired driving incidents as well as crashes which result in serious injuries and fatalities.

The Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) program was developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) with input from the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), Technical Advisory Panel (TAP), and the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police. ARIDE was created to address the gap in training between the Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) and the Drug Evaluation and Classification (DEC/DRE) Program.

Drug Recognition Expert (DRE)

The Drug Evaluation and Classification Program (DECP) trains police officers and other approved public safety officials as Drug Recognition Experts (DREs) through a three-phase training process.