One of the possible penalties for a drunk-driving conviction in Colorado is the requirement to install an ignition interlock device (IID). Drivers subject to an IID requirement can only legally operate vehicles with one of these devices installed. They have to perform a test before starting the vehicle and possibly occasionally while they drive.
Not only do drivers need to perform these tests, but they have to pay for the installation and maintenance of the IID. In Colorado, the device has a camera, and the photos captured by the IID are an important part of the records for your use of the device.
Why is a camera part of a breath test machine?
The technology available for remote chemical testing has improved dramatically in recent decades. The same is true of digital camera technology. It is far more compact and affordable, which is beneficial. As IID installations became commonplace for drunk driving offenses, people began trying to find ways around the system, like having someone else perform the test.
Colorado now requires that IIDs have cameras. These cameras then capture an image of the person performing the test. You can probably ascertain the logic behind the camera requirements. People with a history of drunk driving will need to perform the tests themselves instead of having a passenger or even one of their children do the test for them.
The camera reduces the likelihood of someone attempting to manipulate the system and potentially making the same mistake again that previously led to the installation of the IID in their vehicle. Understanding the consequences of a drunk driving charge, such as IID installation, can help you better respond to criminal allegations.