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A Memorial Day DUI could spell trouble for Colorado drivers

Memorial Day weekend is a time to herald in the unofficial start of summer, and many Coloradans will have outdoor parties to celebrate. However, once the party is done and you head home, you may find yourself in the intimidating and unwanted position of being pulled over by the police on suspicion of drunk driving.

Even if you only had a couple drinks, it’s possible that you could ultimately be charged with and convicted of driving under the influence. The consequences of a first-time DUI are bad enough, but if it is your second or subsequent offence the stakes are even higher. One consequence you could face in such situations is the mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device.

An ignition interlock device is meant to prevent future drunk driving events. If you have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle, you must blow into the device before starting your car. Not unlike a Breathalyzer, the ignition interlock device will detect whether you have alcohol in your system. If you have even a negligible amount of alcohol in your system, the ignition interlock device will prevent your vehicle from starting. This is true even if your blood-alcohol concentration is below the legal limit. You will also have to periodically submit to a breath test through an ignition interlock device while driving.

Having an ignition interlock device installed on your vehicle can be an inconvenience at best and a serious impediment on your daily life at worst. Imagine — you might not be able to consume even a single glass of alcohol at a restaurant, a friend’s house or your own home and expect to be able to drive yourself elsewhere following the drink.

Alcohol is part of our culture. People drink during happy hour, at weddings or even at business functions. While no one should ever drive drunk under any circumstances, a person should be able to safely consume alcohol and drive somewhere else afterwards. However, Colorado law takes a strict stance against driving under the influence, especially if it is a person’s second or subsequent offense. Those who received a DUI this past Memorial Day weekend and are concerned about their future will want to seek the assistance of a professional who can help them understand their legal rights and options.

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