Starting in 2014, Colorado drivers who refuse to submit to roadside sobriety tests will be treated by police as though they have a record of driving drunk – regardless of whether they actually do.
According to ABC 7 in Denver, “any Colorado driver who refuses a sobriety test will be branded a ‘persistent drunk driver.’”
In Colorado, people who refuse a blood or breathalyzer blood alcohol test are already treated as drunk drivers, even if they haven’t been drinking and refuse the test on principle. But the new law will allow the State to place drivers who refuse the tests on a one-year suspension, requiring them to install and use a breathalyzer machine in their cars every time they wish to start their vehicles – and that’s after a two-month waiting period during which they won’t legally be allowed to drive at all.
The new law puts sobriety test decliners in the same category as people with multiple drunk driving convictions, who also must install interlock breath-testing equipment before their cars will start.