New Mexico Ignition Interlock Laws

Have you been arrested for a DUI or DWI in New Mexico? More than 10,000 people were in 2008. And each year, several hundred other individuals are killed in alcohol related crashes on New Mexico highways. The state isn’t alone in its struggle against drunk driving. America has a near epidemic driving while intoxicated issue on its hands. Alcohol-impaired driving kills approximately one person every 40 minutes. The staggering figure has resulted in the continued efforts by enforcement, the judiciary, advocates and governmental agencies to curtail the trends, yet nearly 13,000 people were killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes in 2007 (NHTSA 2008a). This number has remained remarkably stable for almost two decades after alcohol-involved fatalities declined significantly in the 1980s and early-to-mid 1990s.

With so many DWI arrests on New Mexico highways, and so many innocent lives at risk, it is no wonder that the state has enacted some very strict legislation regarding drunk driving in an effort to discourage this type of reckless behavior. Like many other states, New Mexico has turned to the use of Ignition Interlock Devices to help them in their quest to limit drunk driving on their highways. IIDs are small alcohol breath monitors that are attached to an automobile’s ignition. In order for the car to operate, a sober individual must blow into a tube that is attached to the device. If they have alcohol on their breath (more than .02 BAC) then the car will not start.

IIDs have proven to be remarkably effective in limiting recidivism in DUI offenders. The worst drunk drivers are habitual drunk drivers. They have a drinking problem and despite their best efforts to stay clean and sober, inevitably end up behind the wheel of their autos after having one too many alcoholic beverages. Statistics show that Many drivers involved in fatal alcohol-impaired-driving crashes have been arrested previously for driving while intoxicated (DWI). In 2007, drivers with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 grams per deciliter or higher in fatal crashes were eight times more likely to have a prior conviction for driving while impaired than were drivers with no alcohol (NHTSA, 2008a).
New Mexico’s Ignition Interlock Laws indicate that:

“Persons who have been convicted of a misdemeanor drunk-driving offense shall be required, as a condition of probation, to operate only motor vehicles that are equipped with ignition interlock devices”

The statute goes on to lay out the terms which DWI judges are able to require the use of Ignition Interlock Devices for, which include:

1st time offenders: 1 year
2nd time offenders: 2 years
3rd time offenders: 3 years
4th time and subsequent offenses: for life.

Smart Start of New Mexico offer professional, state of the art, affordable Ignition Interlock Services throughout the state. By using the most cutting edge fuel cell technologies we are able to insure that the actions of drinking and driving will always remain separated. As New Mexico tries to get a handle on its drunk driving problem, Smart Start is here to help. For more information on how are New Mexico technicians can help you adhere to court or department of motor vehicle ordered regulations contact us today. We deal with DUI cases on a daily basis and know all of the ins and outs of the New Mexico DUI Court process and navigating the process of getting your driving privileges reinstated. You can also fill out our online consultation form, we’re here to help! 800-880-3394.

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