Representatives Sarah Maestas Barnes and Rod Montoya Pre-File Legislation to Toughen DWI Penalties
The bill will increase penalties for repeat drunk drivers.
Santa Fe, NM – Today, Representatives Sarah Maestas Barnes and Rod Montoya pre-filed legislation aimed at cracking down on repeat drunk drivers by increasing sentences for fourth and subsequent DWI offenses.
The measure would increase current penalties for individuals convicted of four to seven DWIs by adding an additional year to their sentences. The bill also includes a provision to qualify an eighth DWI conviction as a second-degree felony, which would make the offender eligible for a 12-year sentence.
“When drunk drivers get behind the wheel, they put all of our lives at risk,” said Maestas Barnes. “We need stronger DWI laws to ensure we keep repeat drunk drivers off the road and to protect innocent New Mexicans.”
In addition, the legislation would elevate homicide or great bodily harm by a vehicle while under the influence from a third-degree felony to a second-degree felony.
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