Chores are a fairly typical part of being a child. Your parents cook you food, drive you to school and soccer practice, and make sure you’ve got a roof over your head – naturally, it makes sense that you would be willing to take care of small duties around the house in exchange for the hospitality. Mowing the lawn, doing the dishes, taking out the trash, blowing into Mom’s ignition interlock device (IID) so she can drive drunk…
Wait, what was that last one?
Yep. On April 17, an Alaskan woman with a revoked license got into her vehicle with her 12-year-old son and made the child blow into her IID. She was arrested shortly after and charged with DUI, driving with a revoked license, endangering the welfare of a minor and avoidance of an IID.
Ignition Interlock Devices in Colorado
Colorado makes use of IIDs to curb the rate of repeat drunk driving offenses. If you are arrested for driving under the influence or refusing to submit to chemical testing, you will be required to install an IID in your vehicle. In case of refusal to submit to testing, you will be required to have an IID for two years. In addition to the IID, being arrested for DUI with a child in the vehicle can open you up to a litany of other charges, like child abuse or endangerment.
As an interlock-restricted driver, you are required to install the device on all vehicles that you operate. Driving a non-equipped vehicle or attempting to circumvent the function of the interlock (by, for example, having a child blow into it) can result in license revocation.
Our attorneys are well versed in cases where DUI is accompanied with other criminal charges such as child endangerment. Even if the child is secure and in the back seat, you can still receive harsh penalties for your behavior. For more information on IIDs or DUIs with accompanying charges, contact a drunk driving attorney.
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