Colorado has a lot of great places to visit, whether you’re a fan of the natural beauty within the state or the nightlife hot spots in your city. But, to get to those great places, you probably need a car, which means you need to be able to drive that car. If you have a DUI conviction, driving anywhere is difficult, especially when your license is suspended. Because Colorado puts the safety of sober drivers above your ability to drink and drive, you may just need a car breathalyzer or ignition interlock, especially if you fit into the following situations:
- You did, indeed, drive under the influence of alcohol (and sometimes, any other substance). Ignition interlock devices are required to restore your driving privileges after a DUI, no matter what your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was at the time of your arrest.
- You refused a breathalyzer test during sobriety testing by a law enforcement officer. Colorado has “implied consent” laws that you agreed to when you got your license. If you refuse the test, you’re in violation of those laws and you’ll need an ignition interlock to get back on the road.
- You are a “habitual traffic offender” with three or more DUI offenses or other traffic violations.
Some would even say that if you think you’re “okay to drive” after you’ve been drinking, you need an ignition interlock, too. Considering a drunk driver has already been on the road while intoxicated an average of 80 times before a DUI conviction, that’s a pretty good point.
Colorado’s ignition interlock law keeps drunk drivers from risking the lives of others, while still allowing an offender the ability to “take care of business” after a DUI. You might need an ignition interlock in Colorado if you think it’s okay to drink and drive, but, when you actually take that next step and get behind the wheel under the influence of alcohol, you definitely need one.