Members of the Cheyenne Police Department participated in the Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) class this week. 

ARIDE was created to address the gap in training between the Standardized Field Sobriety Training (SFST) and the Drug Evaluation and Classification (DEC/DRE) Program. Cheyenne Police Chief Brian Kozak said the class is even "more important for officers as the impacts of legalization of marijuana in Colorado become more present."

The ARIDE program stresses the importance of the signs and symptoms of the seven drug categories. The 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.