I just ran across an article about Maryland cracking down on DUI cases by requiring first time offenders to place an ignition interlock device in their vehicles. Well, Colorado has required that for the last two years! I guess we are ahead of the curve.
An ignition interlock is a device that a driver blows into prior to starting a vehicle and occasionally after the vehicle has been started. If the device detects alcohol in the driver's breath, it "locks" the driver out. Theoretically, if the device is in a car and working properly, the driver won't be able to start the car, won't be subject to another DUI, and everyone is safer. That's the theory.
Essentially, every Colorado DUI driver who has lost his license has to put one of these devices in his car for a minimum of nine months on a first offense. That time frame can be extended up to two-years depending on "aggravating" factors like an extremely high blood alcohol level. For specific rules, call an experienced Colorado Springs DUI attorney.
That's all well and good, in theory. Sometimes practical considerations come into play though--what if someone uses an alcohol based mouthwash or toothpaste? What if you must drive a work vehicle? What if your spouse also drives your car? Those are all common problems for the ignition interlock system and the answers aren't necessarily easy. Plus, there is an inconvenience and a stigma (some will say justifiably so) associated with the interlock. To answer those questions and to see whether reinstating your driver's license will require ignition interlock, you should call an El Paso County DUI attorney.