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HU hosts ARIDE course to detect impairment

Posted: Friday, July 23, 2021

Huntington University is pleased to host the Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) course, which equips officers to better detect impaired driving, specifically drug impairment that may be difficult to detect using traditional investigative techniques.

“Impaired driving kills an American every 50 minutes, and that rate is increasing. Therefore, it is vital that we train our officers to detect these dangerous drivers before they harm themselves or innocent victims on the roadways. I am very proud that Huntington University Police Department (HUPD) was able to host 22 officers from eight different agencies this week. HUPD is committed to providing state-of-the-art training for agencies across to the state so they can better serve and protect our communities,” said Chief Keirsh Cochran of the Huntington University Police Department.

ARIDE is a 16-hour training course taught by DRE instructors. According to, ARIDE is intended to provide officers with general knowledge related to drug impairment by promoting the use of DREs (Drug Recognition Experts) in states that have the DECP (Drug Evaluation and Classification Program). The ARIDE program stresses the importance of the signs and symptoms of the seven drug categories. This course trains law enforcement officers to observe, identify and articulate the signs of impairment related to drugs, alcohol or a combination of both to reduce the number of impaired driving incidents as well as crashes that result in serious injuries and fatalities.

The ARIDE instructor for the course taking place at Huntington University is Mike Wittl of the Avon Police Department.

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.