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Gov. proposes mandatory jail time, no loopholes for DWI offenders

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By Carol A. Clark

A number of aggressive, new DWI proposals, including a plan to require three days in jail and a $2,500 fine for first-time convictions was proposed by Gov. Bill Richardson Monday.

A number of aggressive, new DWI proposals, including a plan to require three days in jail and a $2,500 fine for first-time convictions was proposed Monday by Gov. Bill Richardson.

For the most heinous DWI offenses, the governor intends to ask legislators to apply the charge of 2nd degree murder.

Richardson also wants to close loopholes allowing some drunk drivers to escape DWI charges.

“We have done more than any other state to get drunk drivers off our roads and keep New Mexicans safe, which is why we’ve seen a 35 percent reduction in alcohol involved fatalities,” Richardson said in a news release. “But I’m the first to admit – it’s not enough. We have all witnessed the pain and loss of life from truly tragic, alcohol-involved crashes in recent months. We continue to hear about people racking up a dozen or more DWI charges. And we see too many people escape accountability because of loopholes in the law.”


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