An ignition interlock device is a portable breath test that attaches to the ignition of your vehicle. In order to start your vehicle, you will have to blow into the device to prove that you are sober. The vehicle will not turn on if alcohol is detected, but if no alcohol is detected, it will turn on and then retest you randomly as you drive. If you have been convicted of driving under the influence (DUI), it’s possible that you will have to use one of these devices. Here’s what you need to know about ignition interlock devices in Colorado:

When are you required to use an ignition interlock device?

If you have been convicted of DUI or if you refused to submit to chemical testing, you will be required to use an ignition interlock device in order to reinstate your driving privileges early.

Will you have to pay for the device?

Yes, this is one of the many costs of being convicted of drunk driving. In most cases, you will have to pay installation costs and a monthly fee for using the device.

How often do you have to use the device?

You will have to blow into the device any time that you want to start your vehicle. As previously mentioned, you will also be required to take retests as you drive if the initial test showed no alcohol. The retests will occur at random and can begin between 4 and 45 minutes after the car has been started.

What happens if the device detects alcohol during a retest?

If the device detects alcohol during one of the retests, a number of things may occur depending on the vendor of the device. All devices are programmed to record the sample so it has a log of your violations. Some devices will also activate the car alarm, lights, and horn on your vehicle at the same time. In order to get everything to stop, you will have to pull over and turn the car off.

What happens if you don’t follow use the device properly?

Drivers who have been ordered to use the ignition interlock device cannot drive a vehicle that is not equipped with this device. Drivers also cannot ask someone else to blow into the device in order to get the vehicle to start. It is also the driver’s responsibility to have the device serviced by the provider every 60 days and to stay current on payments owed to the provider. If the driver fails to follow any of these rules, he may have his license suspended or revoked as a result.

If you have been charged with DUI, contact Reisch Law Firm today. Our team of attorneys can aggressively defend you against these charges and help you reach the best possible outcome in your case. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 303-291-0555 or filling out this online form.