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Colorado DUI Laws Get Tougher In 2014

Man Pulled Over for Sobriety Test

Drunk driving laws in Colorado will be getting tougher in 2014. One of the biggest changes is that anyone who refused a field sobriety test will be branded a “persistent drunk driver” and have to install an interlock device on their vehicle.

According to The Denver Channel, any Colorado driver who refuses a sobriety test after January 1st, 2014 will be branded a “persistent drunk driver” instead of just a “drunk driver.” The new law could force a one-year suspension to their driver’s license and if the driver wanted to get their license back before then, they would have to install in interlock device on their car. (But they would have to wait at least two months to do that.)

There were 25,000 DUI arrests in Colorado in 2012. Of those arrests, more than 7,300 — or three out of 10 — refused to use a breathalyzer or to have their blood drawn.

The blood-alcohol threshold for “persistent drunk drivers’ will also be lowered to .15, down from .17.

Click here to see the current Colorado DUI law summary or click here to read the House Bill for the new law.

I have no problem with steeper penalties for drunk driving, especially for repeat and severe offenders. It’s selfish and puts you, the ones you love, and everyone else on the road at risk.

What do you think of the new changes? Good move, too harsh, or not harsh enough?

Remember you can report drunk drivers to the Colorado State Patrol by dialing *Star-DUI  (*384) or Star-CSP (*277) from a mobile phone. (Just give the dispatcher the exact location, a description of the vehicle, and the manner in which the vehicle is being driven.)

[The Denver Channel]

[Colorado House Bill 13-1240]

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