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As a responsible driver, you never want to get behind the wheel after drinking or using drugs. However, if you have been convicted of a DUI or DWAI, you may be required to participate in an ignition interlock device (IID) program to regain your driving privileges. An IID is a breathalyzer device that is installed in your vehicle and prevents it from starting if it detects alcohol in your breath. In Colorado, IID programs are administered by the Department of Revenue, and there are many resources available to help you understand the requirements and find an approved provider.
Understanding the IID Program Requirements
The first step in participating in an IID program is to understand the requirements. In Colorado, anyone convicted of a DUI or DWAI is required to install an IID in their vehicle if they want to regain their driving privileges. The length of time that you are required to participate in the program depends on your blood alcohol content (BAC) at the time of your arrest, as well as any previous DUI or DWAI convictions. You may also be required to complete an alcohol education or treatment program before your driving privileges can be restored.
Finding an Approved IID Provider
Once you understand the requirements of the IID program, the next step is to find an approved provider such as LifeSafer. Not all providers are approved by the state of Colorado, so you want to be sure you chose a provider that is. LifeSafer has top-rated certified technicians located across the state. Find one near you here.
Paying for the IID Program
Participating in an IID program can be expensive, so it’s important to understand the costs and payment options. In Colorado, you are responsible for all costs associated with the installation and maintenance of the IID, as well as any fees charged by the provider for monitoring and reporting. However, there are some programs that offer financial assistance to low-income participants. You may also be able to work out a payment plan with your provider to help manage the costs.
Completing the IID Program
Once you have installed the IID in your vehicle, the next step is to complete the program. This involves regular monitoring and reporting to ensure that you are not driving under the influence of alcohol. If you fail a breathalyzer test while driving, the device will log the event and you may face additional penalties. However, if you successfully complete the program, you will be able to regain your full driving privileges.
Getting Help with the IID Program
Participating in an IID program can be a challenging and confusing process, especially if you have never been through it before. Fortunately, there are many resources available to help you navigate the program and ensure that you meet all of the requirements. The Department of Revenue offers a comprehensive website that provides information on the program requirements, approved providers, and payment options. You can also contact the department directly for assistance with any questions or concerns.
LifeSafer Can Help
Participating in an IID program can be a difficult and stressful experience, but it is an important step in regaining your driving privileges and ensuring the safety of yourself and others on the road. By understanding the requirements of the program, finding an approved provider, and completing the program successfully, you can get back on the road and move forward with your life. Remember, there are many resources available to help you along the way, so don’t hesitate to reach out for assistance if you need it.
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