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Who needs to use an ignition interlock device?

Drinking and driving is dangerous. That's a fact that has been well documented for several decades now. However, despite the undisputed proof that driving after consuming alcohol is dangerous, many people in Colorado continue to do this. What can the state do to help keep innocent people safe in the face of this type of danger? One way that Colorado is working to do this is by requiring the use of special devices in convicted drivers' vehicles. You, like others, may want to know how these work and whether or not they actually help.

Referred to as ignition interlock devices, these objects essentially place a lock on vehicle ignitions so that drivers must first pass breath tests before they are allowed to start and drive their cars. According to the State of Colorado, even people convicted of a first drunk driving charge can be required to have an IID installed in order to regain the right to drive again. This is only allowed after a month-long period in which they are not allowed to drive at all. The IID must be used for either eight or 24 months depending upon the blood alcohol content of the driver at the time of arrest.

Drivers who refuse testing when asked by officers must not drive for two full months and then are allowed to install IIDs in order to drive. The IIDs must be used for two years by these drivers.

This information is not intended to provide legal advice but a general overview of how Colorado addresses penalties for people who make the decision to drink and drive.

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