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Tougher Drunk Driving Laws Coming to Colorado

New laws take effect January 1, 2014.

Tougher Drunk Driving Laws

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Colorado's drunk driving laws are about to get tougher. Starting in January any driver who refuses to take a sobriety test will be branded a persistent drunk driver.

That means you'll either lose your license for a year or have to install a Breathalyzer in your car to start it.

The group Designated Driver of Colorado Springs offers free rides to people who've had one too many. They'll even drive you home in your own car. "The only thing I'm trying to do is promote responsible drinking, that's what we're trying to do and by driving people home safely in their own cars we feel like we've pretty much eliminated the, well I need my car in the morning excuse," says Nonie Rispin, Executive Director of Designated Driver of Colorado Springs.

"You can go out and have fun and do what you want to do but when you have too much fun make sure you have a partner or friend just be careful," says 14-year-old Dyrah Duncan whose mother was killed by a drunk driver.

Designated Driver of Colorado Springs also offers free rides to members of the military.

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