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New Mexico has strict drunk driving laws, and drivers caught for driving while intoxicated (DWI) risk both civil and financial penalties. The legal blood alcohol content (BAC) in New Mexico is .08 percent. Drivers found to be at or above this legal limit risk a variety of penalties including monetary fines, mandatory alcohol education, and license suspension. Some offenders may be able to regain driving privileges if they install an ignition interlock device (IID) and obtain an ignition interlock license. This guide will explain the IID process in New Mexico.
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Even a first-time DWI offender risks a license suspension of 90 days to one year. With the New Mexico ignition interlock program, eligible offenders can regain driving privileges if they install an IID in all vehicles they drive. The IID will require testing before each trip and test results are reported back to the state’s monitoring authority.
New Mexico has financial penalties for driving while intoxicated, and also a variety of civil penalties. Some of the civil penalties may also result in additional costs to the offender.
There may be additional penalties handed down by the court depending on the circumstances of the offense.
There are consequences for any offender who refuses to take a test because New Mexico has implied consent laws. For those over 21, a first offense and refusal to take the chemical test can result in their driver’s license being revoked for one year (six months if they fail the test). For subsequent offenses, the driver’s license can be revoked for an additional year. For those under 21, the penalty is one year for failing or refusing to take a chemical test.
Some offenders may be able to start driving during their license revocation period if they install an ignition interlock device, and meet the following criteria:
Additional requirements may apply depending on the circumstances of the drunk driving incident.
New Mexico has a few approved providers for interlock devices. Intoxalock is the #1 interlock brand in the United States, and New Mexico approves all Intoxalock devices. The court will indicate which device is required for the offender.
Ignition interlock devices are often called car breathalyzers. The discreet electronic devices are installed into the vehicle by technicians, and once installed, they work to prevent drunk driving. Here’s how:
The terms are set by the statute, although some offenders may have longer terms depending on the circumstances of the incident.
Offenders must cover the cost of leasing their interlock device. The devices are expensive to purchase outright, but leasing a device costs between $2.50 and $3.50 per day. Intoxalock offers flexible payment options.
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