For a second year, the Illinois Department of Transportation received a grant from GHSA and the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (Responsibility.org) to train law enforcement in recognizing drug-impaired driving.
Noticing an uptick in impaired driving fatalities over the past few years and recognizing a need for increased law enforcement officer training, Illinois used this funding to increase the number of Advance Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) training opportunities for officers throughout the state. In 2017, the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board was able to provide an additional 10 ARIDE classes in different locations across the state. Through these classes, 145 officers received ARIDE training, significantly increasing the number of trained officers on Illinois' roadways.
By providing training for these officers, this grant allowed Illinois to strengthen its law enforcement's ability to identify, deter, and respond to drugged driving as it works to end this dangerous behavior.