Bill Providing Alternative to Ignition Interlock for DWI Offenders Passes House

Bill Providing Alternative to Ignition Interlock for DWI Offenders Passes House

Santa Fe, N.M. – Today, the New Mexico House of Representatives passed House Bill 49, which amends current DWI laws by adding a sobriety monitoring program for DWI offenders. HB 49, sponsored by Representative Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-Los Alamos), requires that DWI offenders who do not install an ignition interlock device and secure an ignition interlock license, are given the alternative to install the sobriety monitoring system in order to reinstate their driving privileges.

“I have experienced alcoholism in my family, and I have seen firsthand the devastation it can wreak on loved ones,” said Representative Garcia Richard. “This bill addresses many of the problems associated with alcoholism and improves our public safety.”

The sobriety monitoring program would be required for the same period as the existing interlock requirement, and may entail the use of a breathalyzer device or similar technologies in the home.

DWI offenders, unless determined to be indigent, would be responsible for all of the costs associated with the sobriety monitoring system. House Bill 49 passed the House in a 57-6 vote and moves on to the Senate.