Dems PASS Interlock Fund Act
Indigent Interlock Fund Act PASSES House
Bill will enable convicted indigent drunk drivers to afford interlocks
SANTA FE – Today on the House floor, House Bill 203, the Indigent Interlock Fund Act, passed the House of Representatives with a unanimous 62-0, vote. The Indigent Interlock Fund Act, sponsored by Representative Patricio Ruiloba (D-Albuquerque), utilizes existing money set aside in the Interlock Fund to assist convicted drunk drivers who are required to have an interlock installed in their vehicle, to afford one.
“Currently there is $3.7 million in the DWI interlock fund intended to help indigent drunk drivers pay the fees associated with obtaining a required interlock device,” stated Representative Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-Albuquerque). “By freeing up these funds we are making our streets safer. There will be no excuse for a convicted DWI offender to not have an interlock installed and maintained in their vehicle.”
“It’s very promising to see the unanimous support for this bill,” stated the bill sponsor, Representative Patricio Ruiloba (D-Albuquerque). “We are one step closer to ensuring our streets are safer, and one step closer to solving our DWI crisis.”
Interlock devices require a convicted DWI offender to blow into the interlock before a car can be started. If the interlock detects alcohol on the breath the car will not start. The Indigent Interlock Fund Act will now go over to the Senate committee process.