If a law enforcement officer arrests you for driving under the influence of alcohol, you can expect driver’s license suspension, among other penalties.
There is a solution, however, in the form of an ignition interlock device. You may not know much about the IID, but if driving is an essential way for you to get around, it may become your new best friend.
Acquiring an IID
If you are a first DUI offender in the state of Colorado, the court will order you to have an ignition interlock device for eight months if testing shows that your blood alcohol content level is low or for two years if your BAC is 0.15 percent or above. If you refuse to submit to a blood test, installation of an IID for two years is an automatic penalty.
How the device works
An ignition interlock device is about the size of a mobile phone and connects to your engine wiring. The IID is actually a computer with a breathalyzer attached. Whenever you get behind the wheel, you will have to breathe into the mouthpiece, and the device will measure the amount of alcohol present in your system. If you do not pass the test, your vehicle will not start. Otherwise, you can be on your way, but there will be random retests as you drive to ensure that you remain sober.
You have options
Mistakes can happen. The law enforcement officer who arrested you might not have followed procedures properly, or the breathalyzer used for testing your BAC might not have undergone correct calibration. A thorough examination of all evidence will help to ensure the best outcome for your case. You may not need to have an IID in your vehicle after all — but if you do, remember that your new best friend will ensure that you stay sober and are able to drive wherever you need to go.