Traditionally, the average law enforcement officer exiting the academy was provided with the basic roadside tool of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests for use in determining whether a driver was possibly impaired by alcohol. Those Standard tests while effective have proven to be sensitive only to alcohol and left the able to either confirm alcohol impairment, or rule it out. Possible impairment by other drug, or drugs, was unexplainable. In this age of medical pharmaceutical intervention in our daily lives impaired driving by way of prescription and non- prescription drugs has become a concern for law enforcement. As a result the ARIDE course was born.
The 16 hour course builds upon the foundation of the 3 basic sobriety tests, with an emphasis on the HGN, in an effort to determine whether a driver has one or more, or a combination of, the 7 major drug categories "on board" their system. The training culminates in teaching an officer how to identify and articulate probable cause to draw blood for analyses for impaired driving criminal prosecution. Recently Jonathan Rands completed this training and despite the confines of time, provides an overview to Dillon Honcoop on this edition of the Legal Docket.