Ignition Interlock And DWI Laws In New Mexico

ignition interlock The state of New Mexico passed an all offender ignition interlock law in 2005, and since that time they’ve recorded a 40% drop in deaths related to driving while impaired (DWI).

To see a further reduction in DWI related crashes and deaths, one state representative has tabled a unique bill – if passed, HB 30 would require anyone with an ignition interlock restriction to have a line stating ‘No Alcohol Sales’ on their driver’s license, then they would be unable to purchase or drink alcohol anywhere it is served in the state.

The current DWI laws in New Mexico require first offenders to pay a steep price for drinking and driving. If you are a first DWI offender in New Mexico, you will receive the following fines and penalties:

  • Jail time of up to 90 days
  • Fines up to $500
  • Driver’s license suspension for a period of one year
  • A mandatory ignition interlock installed in any vehicle you drive

Second DWI offenders in New Mexico receive:

  • Jail time ranging from 96 hours up to 364 days
  • Fines payable of a minimum $500 up to $1,000
  • A driver’s license suspension for a period of 2 years
  • Attendance at a Drug and Alcohol Abuse Screening program
  • A mandatory ignition interlock installed in any vehicle you drive

Although first and second offenders receive ignition interlock devices and other stiff penalties, it’s repeat offenders who pay an extremely high price for drinking and driving in New Mexico. Five time or more DWI offenders will receive:

  • Jail time of 1 to 2 years
  • Fines payable up to $5,000
  • A lifetime driver’s license suspension with a review after 5 years
  • A lifetime ignition interlock installation if the offender is able to successfully apply for a restricted license

With the most ignition interlock devices installed per capita in the United States and a potential bill preventing any DWI offender from purchasing alcohol, New Mexico is a great example of a state taking control of their drunk driving problem.

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