Ignition interlock devices are devices that are installed in the car to act as breathalyzers, and detect the amount of alcohol in a person’s system.
The device prevents the car from starting, if the amount of alcohol is above a preset, predetermined limit. In Colorado, certain persons who have been convicted of DUI may be required to get an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicles.
Under Colorado law, if you have been convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol and meet any of the following criteria, you can be required to have an ignition interlock device installed in your car.
- If this is your first DUI conviction, and if you have been driving with a blood-alcohol content of .15 or higher, you may be required to get the device installed in your vehicle. If you meet this criterion, then you are required to have an interlock device in your car for a period of two years.
- If this is your second conviction for DUI within a period of five years, then you are subjected to the two-year requirement. The device must be fitted in your car, and must be retained for two years before it can be removed.
- If this is your third conviction for DUI, you will be subjected to the two-year interlock requirement too.
- If you have been convicted of refusal to submit to an alcohol test for DUI, then you would have to get the device installed, and keep it in your car for a period of two years.
Failure to get the ignition interlock device installed in your car is punishable with a penalty. If you fail to drive a vehicle that has been equipped with an ignition interlock device, even after you have been ordered to so, or try to drive a vehicle that has not been equipped device, then you will lose your driver’s license for a period of one year. You will also be required to get the device examined by a licensed professional at least once every two months, and failure to do so will again subject you to a suspension of your driver’s license.
Any decisions related to ignition devices, eligibility and reinstatement, are made by the Colorado Department of Motor Vehicles