NM governor pushes for tougher DWI laws

By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN
Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - With New Year's Eve fast approaching, Gov. Susana Martinez and others are continuing their push to get New Mexicans to put down the bottle if they have any plans on driving.

Martinez will be at a DWI checkpoint in Albuquerque late Thursday to share her message.

However, the push for awareness and tougher laws started earlier this fall after a pre-holiday spike in fatal drunken driving accidents.

While this year's number of DWI related fatalities is less than the 145 deaths reported in 2010, Martinez says much work still needs to be done to tackle the problem.

The governor and anti-DWI advocates are planning to push a series of legislative measure next year that include a statewide vehicle seizure program and increased penalties for repeat offenders.