New Mexico House approves alcohol monitor for convicted drunken drivers

The New Mexico House has unanimously approved another piece of technology in New Mexico's fight against drunken driving.

The measure approved today would let judges require convicted drunken drivers to wear an electronic monitoring device that continuously tests for the use of alcohol.

Santa Rosa Democratic Representative Jose Campos says the issue is sobriety -- not just testing.

The monitoring bracelets measure an offender's blood alcohol level.

It periodically sends the information to a company that tracks the information and sends it to a probation office or other government agency.

Campos says some drunken driving offenders claim they don't have a car, and ankle bracelets could be used in those instances to check whether the person is drinking.