2023 IACP Impaired Driving and Traffic Safety (IDTS) Conference

2023 IACP Impaired Driving and Traffic Safety (IDTS) Conference

Join traffic safety professionals from around the world to share knowledge about effective and proven approaches for improving road safety, the latest science on alcohol and drug impaired driving enforcement, how technology can be leveraged to make communities safer, and how agencies can use traffic safety education to engage and build trust with their communities. The IACP Impaired Driving and Traffic Safety Conference (IDTS) is the largest training conference for drug recognition experts and traffic safety professionals. Conference attendees include DREs, law enforcement officers (State Police, Highway Patrol, County, Municipal, Governmental, Sheriffs and other agencies), crash investigators, supervisors/administrators, prosecutors, toxicologists, laboratory personnel, traffic safety professionals, among others. 

Some samples of the educational content at the upcoming conference include:

  • Information on Narcotic Analgesic drug pharmacology or DRE Case studies
  • Additional sources of evidence in crash investigations
  • Conducting a Green Lab for assessing marijuana impairment
  • Successful prosecutions in DRE cases when toxicology did not detect the impairing drug
  • Contemporary issues in CMV enforcement
  • Impairment from short-acting drugs and DWI cases
  • Civil Liability and the DRE
  • Traffic safety data sources and implications
  • Information on Dissociative Anesthetic drug pharmacology or DRE Case studies

 Please check back periodically for updates.

2023 Conference Information

The 2023 Impaired Driving and Traffic Safety Conference will be held in Anaheim, CA, August 9-11, 2023. More details, including the call for presentations and registration information, will be published in the coming weeks. Please check back periodically as we will post updated information to this site as it becomes available.

The IDTS Conference team can be reached at IDTS@theiacp.org


A call for presentations is currently under way. The conference agenda will be posted once the 2023 conference educational content is solidified.

Click below for more information about conference agendas and educational content from prior conferences:

2022 San Antonio TX

2021 Orlando FL

2020 Virtual


Call For Presentations

The Call for Presentations (CFP) for the 2023 IACP Impaired Driving and Traffic Safety Conference is now OPEN. 

Submit a proposal or visit the CFP FAQ Page below for more information about the submission process.


IDTS Conference Call for Presentations (CFP) FAQs

Additional information for the Call for Presentations process for the 2023 Impaired Driving and Traffic Safety Conference:

IACP conducts a Call for Presentations each year for its International Impaired Driving and Traffic Safety Conference (IDTS).  The Call for Presentations for IDTS 2023 will open November 15, 2022 and close January 13, 2023.

Below, please find frequently asked questions regarding the call for presentations:

Q: When does the Call for Presentations open for IDTS 2023?

A: The IDTS 2023 Call for Presentations opens on November 15, 2022.

Q: What is the deadline to complete a submission?

A: The IDTS 2022 Call for Presentations closes January 13, 2023.

Q: What information is required with a submission?

A: The following information is required to submit a presentation proposal and be considered for IDTS 2023:

  • Title of Presentation
  • Speaker/Presenter Information*
  • Presentation Description
  • Learning Objectives
  • Methodology
  • Track/Topic/Audience

*Speaker information required: Name, Agency/Organization, Title and email.  A maximum of two (2) speakers, inclusive of a moderator, should you choose to incorporate one, may be assigned to a proposal.

Q: What should I provide for Learning Objectives?

A: Well developed learning objectives are participant oriented, observable, and measurable. Describe the skills, knowledge, and/or learning outcomes participants will be able to demonstrate because of the proposed workshop. (For example: At the culmination of this session, participants will be able to...) You should describe your learning outcomes using action verbs. Learning objectives should be contained to one short sentence.

Q: What is Methodology?

A: Methodology refers to how you will present the information (i.e., single speaker, panel) and what the audience experience will be (will the workshop be lecture/interactive). Use this are to explain how your information was formulated and your sources (i.e., case studies, interviews, research, etc.).

Q: For what tracks can I submit a presentation proposal?

A: Educational workshops are categorized into tracks to help attendees from various audiences locate workshops that are most applicable to them.  Conference registrants may attend workshops in any track throughout the conference.  Tracks do not have to be selected in advance. Some tracks coordinate with IACP Sections while others do not. The track listing is subject to change:

  • Drug Recognition Expert
  • Driving While Impaired (DWI Enforcement)
  • Traffic Safety
  • Prosecution
  • Toxicology

Q: What topics are appropriate for these tracks?

A: Drug Recognition Experts - this track focuses on the more technical aspects and information that is essential to the Drug Evaluation and Classification Program and its protocols. Examples for this track include drug effects that are identifiable during the drug influence evaluation, new drugs and their symptomology, innovations in DRE instructional techniques, and more.

Driving While Impaired (DWI) Enforcement: - this track focuses on general enforcement issues that are common to DWI enforcement cases and investigations.  Examples for this track include innovative methods for DWI investigations, general DWI enforcement, roadside officer safety, and more.

Traffic Safety - this track focuses on additional aspects of traffic safety, including risky driving behavior such as distracted driving, speeding, drug and impaired driving, crash investigation, reconstruction, global road safety, traffic safety programs and community engagement, officer safety and wellness, stop stick deployment, pedestrian safety, and more.

Prosecution - this track focuses on prosecutorial issues, both for prosecutors of impaired driving violations and for DRE and DWI officers who are seeking to improve their courtroom testimony skills. Examples for this track include courtroom preparation, courtroom challenges, case law and implications, and more.

Toxicology - this track focuses on the more technical aspects of drug and alcohol impaired driving from the perspective of toxicology testing.  The audience could include toxicologists, prosecutors, DREs, and other impaired driving enforcement professionals, depending on the nature of the topic. Examples for this track include novel drugs, current drug trends, specific drug testing methodologies, and more.

Q: What topic should I submit for consideration for the IDTS 2023 Annual Conference?

A: The IACP is looking for a wide array of topics that are innovative, engaging, inspiring, and informative for police officers, Drug Recognition Experts, police leaders, crash investigators and reconstructionists, prosecutors, toxicologists, and others that have an interest in developing their knowledge in traffic safety efforts and the Drug Evaluation and Classification (DEC) Program. The IACP's goal is to offer relevant, timely education and training to help attendees to do their jobs more effectively and make their agencies more successful.  If interested in submitting a workshop proposal, things to consider should be contemporary or emerging issues confronting law enforcement and other disciplines involved in traffic safety. Some topic examples include:

  • Information on Narcotic Analgesic drug pharmacology or DRE Case studies
  • Additional sources of evidence in crash investigations
  • Conducting a Green Lab for assessing marijuana impairment
  • Successful prosecutions in DRE cases when toxicology did not detect the impairing drug
  • Contemporary issues in CMV enforcement
  • Impairment from short-acting drugs and DWI cases
  • Civil Liability and the DRE
  • Traffic safety data sources and implications
  • Information on Dissociative Anesthetic drug pharmacology or DRE Case studies

Q: Can I submit my presentation for more than one track?

A: Please select the track that best categorizes your presentation. If you submit multiple proposals, you may submit different proposals under different tracks. A session may be submitted for consideration under a maximum of two tracks, if they appropriately fall under more than one track.

Q: What happens if I do not have all the required information to complete my proposal?

A: You will have the ability to change, edit, or withdraw your presentation proposal until the submission deadline. If you are missing any required information, you can save your work and log back in later to finish prior to the deadline. Please note: all proposals must be complete to be considered. Any uncompleted proposals will not be considered. A proposal that has all the required information completed, but the submitter did not press the "submit" button, is not considered complete for review. You will know your workshop is complete by both the status within the submission site as well as receiving a confirmation email.

Q: How can I be sure the information I type will not be lost?

A: The submission site is designed to save tasks as they are completed. The submission is broken into multiple tasks. If you complete one task during a work session, you may save that completed task and return later to complete the submission.  Please note that the site cannot save a partially completed task. You may always further edit a completed task prior to the deadline. Click the "Continue" button at the bottom of each step to ensure the information is not lost. The speaker step saves automatically as you add speakers. You may also use the "Save Submission" button located at on the "Taks" page to save your progress.

If you wish, you may create your proposal information first in a word processing document (such as Microsoft Word) prior to completing the online form, then paste the details into the appropriate fields on the submission site.

Q: Do I have to submit my presentation proposal online?

A: Online submission of proposals is required. Email submissions will not be accepted or reviewed.

Q: Do I have to have an email address to submit online?

A: Yes, your submission account requires an email address. All communications from IACP regarding your proposal, and session if it is selected, will be done via email. Please use an email address you check regularly.

Q: How will I know if my proposal was submitted successfully?

A: Once you have finalized your submission, an email confirmation will be sent to you confirming receipt of the presentation proposal. Before you submit your proposal, please make sure all steps have been completed, including the last step by checking the box to finalize your presentation proposal.

Q: Do I have to be an IACP member to submit a proposal?

A: No, any individual eligible to attend IDTS 2023 may submit a proposal for an IDTS 2023 workshop.

Review process

Q: What are the review criteria for presentations?

A: All presentations are peer reviewed by subject matter experts. Reviews will consider the following:

  • Does the topic address a contemporary law enforcement issue?
  • Can the presented information apply to different sized agencies and a diverse audience?
  • Is the topic unique and information not available through other sources?
  • Is the course description clear and concise? Can attendees easily tell what to expect by reading it?
  • Are the learning objectives clear and feasible in the allotted time?
  • Does the presentation support IACP's high standards and reputation for the best conference workshops?
  • Are the proposed speakers qualified to instruct the workshop topic?
  • If the presentation is focused on a specific audience, is there a proposed speaker from that audience? The audience prefers to learn from its peers and gain first-hand knowledge form those who have experienced the material or information presented.

Q: How is the review process conducted?

A: Peer reviewers are assigned based on the track and/or topic that they are comfortable and qualified to review. Reviewers evaluate the submissions based upon the quality criteria noted above. Top recommendations are then evaluated by IACP leadership to ensure the entire educational program is well-balanced. The educational program will be announced in Spring 2023. All submitters will be notified via email whether their presentation has been accepted or declined. Speakers will not be directly notified unless they are the same individual as the submitter. It is the submitter's responsibility to share the decision notification with the proposal speakers. Submitters should also inform IACP of any speaker changes should they occur after the submission deadline.

Speaking at IDTS

Q: When do presentations take place?

A: Educational programming is conducted each day of IDTS 2023 (August 9-11, 2023). While the conference schedule has not been confirmed at this time, workshops may begin as early as 8:00 a.m. and run throughout the day, ending as late as 5:00p.m. Submission of a proposal is a commitment that the speakers will be available to speak on any conference day and at the time as assigned by IACP staff. The IACP has limited opportunities to accommodate speaker conflicts.

Q: If accepted, how much time will I be given to present?

A: Workshops may be either 75 minutes or 90 minutes. IACP will determine the length of sessions when a conference schedule is confirmed.

Q: Can I promote any products or services during my presentation?

A: No, IACP does not allow the promotion of products and services during educational sessions. Speakers may talk about products and services that have been used to solve a problem or address the presentation topic. Whenever possible, presenters should suggest alternative products and services as well.

Q: When will I know if my presentation has been accepted for IDTS 2023?

A: The submitter will receive notification from the Conference Program Manager by March 31, 2023.

Q: If my proposal is accepted, will I receive compensation for presenting at IDTS 2023?

A: IACP does not pay speakers or reimburse for travel or hotel expenses.

Q: If my proposal is accepted, will I receive complimentary registration for IDTS 2023?

A: IACP will waive registration fees for presenters.

Q: How are workshops rooms set up? What Audio Visual equipment will be available for my presentation?

A: All workshop rooms will be set theater style. A podium and a head table are standard in each room. Audio/visual equipment will be provided in each room to include projector, screen, laptop, and microphone(s). Any additional requests can be considered at the discretion of the Conference Program Manager and the availability of such resources.

Q: I have never presented at an IACP IDTS Conference before. What is expected of me?

A: IDTS registrants invest a considerable amount of time and expense to attend the conference. For these reasons, IACP works had to ensure each event at the conference realizes its full potential.  Our attendees expect:

Presenters will prepare for their event prior to arrival.

Presenters will have a significant knowledge and expertise of the subject area and have sufficient presentation skills to effectively communicate such knowledge.

Presenters will engage the audience. The greatest success that a presenter can have is to inspire your audience, so they come out of the presentation buzzing with thoughts and ideas. You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Engage your audience as quickly as possible.

Presenters will not engage in commercial presentations of their organization.

Presenters will be conscious of the time limitation of their presentation.

Presenters will not simply read from written statements.

Presenters understand that the materials provided for an IACP event become the property of the IACP (for placement on www/theiacpconference.org or use in other educational activities of the association).

If you do not see your question answered above, please contact Kyle Clark, Conference Program Manager.

Who Should Attend

Attendance is open to IACP DRE Section members and qualified non-members, who support traffic safety efforts, including: 1) currently certified Drug Recognition Expert, 2) sworn law enforcement officers, 3) agencies which receive funding for the DEC program, 4) civilian employees of public safety agencies*, 5) first responders, 6) prosecutors, 7) traffic safety advocates of non-profit organizations, 8) physicians providing expertise in support of the prosecution of impaired drivers, and 9) toxicologists providing expertise in the prosecution  of impaired drivers. Other individuals who maintain a direct professional, supportive interest in the Drug Evaluation and Classification program, including DRE Emeritus or DRE Ambassadors, may submit a request to attend. 

* Public Safety includes offices of police, sheriffs, EMS, fire service, hazmat and park rangers from federal, state, city, county, campus, and tribal agencies, and members of the armed forces. 

Exhibit & Sponsorship Opportunities

Exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities for the 2023 IDTS Conference are outlined in the Sponsorship Prospectus. If you would like more information, please contact Heather Shuster at 202-437-1986 or shuster@theiacp.org.

Housing & Transportation

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The 2023 IDTS Conference hotel will be the Anaheim Hilton 777 Convention Way, Anaheim, CA.

A housing link to access the conference room block will be sent along with your registration confirmation. This link will allow you access to rooms within the conference block, at the conference rate. Hotel rooms will be at government rate. More information on hotel and rates will be posted soon. The John Wayne/Orange County Airport is approximately 12 miles from the hotel. Additional information about the hotel, amenities, area restaurants and attractions can be found here: Hilton, Anaheim California        

2022 Conference Attendance Certificates

All attendees of the 2022 IDTS conference were sent an email that included a conference survey and information to obtain your conference attendance certificate.  Please complete the survey and related information to obtain your certificate.  The certificates are manually generated and will be sent to the email supplied.  Please allow 5-7 days due to the volume of certificates being generated.

For additional information please email our staff at idts@theiacp.org 

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