Continuing from DUI Convictions and Ignition Interlock Devices: FAQs (Pt. 1), here, we will respond to more common questions about IIDs for people convicted of DUIs in Colorado.
More Answers about Ignition Interlock Devices
Q – When they are required, how long will people have to have ignition interlock devices in their vehicles?
A – While the length of time that these devices are required to be on people’s vehicles will vary with the facts of the case, the following table presents the typical timeframes for having ignition interlock devices after particular DUI convictions.
|DUI Conviction/Situation||Term for Ignition Interlock Device|
|First-time DUI with BAC <0.15||8 mos.|
|First-time DUI with BAC ≥0.15||2 yrs.|
|Persistent Drunk Drivers||2 yrs.|
|2nd DUI Conviction||2 yrs.|
|Refusal of BAC Testing in DUI Stop||2 yrs.|
Q – How much do ignitions interlock devices cost? And who pays for them?
A – The costs of ignition interlock devices will vary, depending on the vendor you end up choosing. In general, however, ignition interlock devices cost:
- $75 to $150 to install
- $60 to $100 to maintain each month.
While there may be some financial aid available for certain people, in general, the convicted people are responsible for covering all costs of ignition interlock devices. What’s more is that, if these people fail to make the necessary payments for these devices and/or fail to get them maintained (i.e., recalibrated) when scheduled:
- Their service can be discontinued.
- The vendor can report this to a probation officer and/or the court.
- Their driving privileges will automatically be suspended again (with the suspension lasting until people get back in compliance).
- They could be found to be in violation of their DUI probation, leaving them to face some potentially serious consequences in court.
Q – What happens if I fail a breath test via an ignition interlock device?
A – If you fail a breath test via an ignition interlock device, this failed attempt (which will be perceived as an attempt to drive while drunk) will be reported to your probation officer and/or the court. When people get three fails within any consecutive 12-month period:
- Their driver’s licenses can be suspended.
- They can have up to one additional year added to their ignition interlock device requirement.
We will answer a few more frequently asked questions in the final installment of this blog series that will be published in early February – be sure to look for it!
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