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Legislation that would target repeat drunk drivers has passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 51-5 Monday.
House Bill 10a (DWI Sentencing and Interlocks), sponsored by Elizabeth “Liz” Thomson (D-Bernalillo), Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-Los Alamos, Sandoval, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe), and Rep. Tim Lewis (R-Sandoval), closes some serious loopholes in current law, prevents repeat drunk drivers from returning to the streets, and increases the penalties for repeat offenders.
“Passing HB 10a today takes an important step forward in ending senseless drunk driving crashes, injuries and deaths,” Thomson said. “There is always more work to be done, but I feel confident we are gaining ground on this longstanding problem. I want to thank my co sponsors, Reps. Garcia-Richard and Lewis.”
“I am elated I was given the opportunity to revive this important piece of legislation last week in the Transportation Committee and grateful that my fellow members passed the bill today on the House floor,” Garcia Richard said. “HB 10a is designed to stop habitual DWI offenders and close the breathalyzer loophole in our current laws. This bill is important because it will aid in decreasing DWI offenses, hold habitual offenders accountable, and more importantly help save lives.”
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