When you're convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) in the state of Colorado, you could face a number of penalties, including jail terms, fines and a license suspension. And, depending on your particular situation, you may be ordered to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle for a certain period of time.
But what exactly is an ignition interlock and how does it work? Smart Start, a company that manufacturers these devices, offers the following description:
"Ignition interlock products are breath alcohol analyzers that keep drivers with DWIs/DUIs from operating vehicles if their breath alcohol level is over a pre-set level."
Essentially, an individual will have to breathe into the device before he or she can start his or her vehicle. If the alcohol in his or her breath measures above a certain point, he or she will have to wait until he or she sobers up to drive. The device also records an individual's breath periodically as the vehicle is running and keeps track of any violations.
The main purposes of an ignition interlock device are to prevent individuals who have been convicted of drunk driving from becoming repeat offenders and to keep other motorists and pedestrians safe. According to one ignition interlock device manufacturer, studies have shown that it's extremely effective at achieving both of these goals, and that only 10 percent of people who participate in the program are arrested for drunk driving after completing it.
As we've noted previously on this blog, the only way to guarantee that you'll avoid the consequences associated with drunk driving is to make smart choices before getting behind the wheel of a vehicle. However, in the event that you're arrested for DUI, you can rest assured knowing that a Colorado DUI attorney from The Orr Law Firm can help you.