Governor Susana Martinez unveiled a new TV ad to combat drunk driving in New Mexico urging the viewer to “never drink and drive.” The Governor also reminded New Mexicans to be responsible as they attend Super Bowl parties this weekend.
Over the last year, 1,106 cases were monitored. The court monitors report 36 percent of those cases were dismissed for reasons including officers or witnesses not appearing, and also and because of the exclusion of testimony or evidence.
McKinley County had the highest dismissal rate of adjudicated driving while intoxicated cases, 48 percent, followed by Bernalillo County with 45 percent, based on the monitoring of six counties as part of the DWI Court Monitoring Initiative.
The results of the initiative were announced during a Monday news conference at the offices of 2nd Judicial District Attorney Raúl Torrez and attended by Gov. Susana Martinez.
New Mexico will continue to crack down on drunken drivers through the Labor Day weekend as part of a national effort.
The campaign began Friday and will run concurrently with the state’s 100 Days and Nights of Summer, in which drivers can expect more DWI checkpoints, saturation patrols and more officers on the road through the end of September.
Governor Susana Martinez announced powerful TV ads – called “Just a Matter of Time”” – to fight drunk and distracted driving. Both of the new ads are from the point of view of a driver breaking the law – until ultimately they crash.. The ads can be viewed here.
“New Mexico has made great strides in reducing DWI fatalities over the past several years by combining high-visibility enforcement along with a robust media campaign and one of the strongest interlock laws in the nation,” said New Mexico DOT Cabinet Secretary Tom Church (an ignition interlockdevice prevents a vehicle from starting if the driver has been drinking).
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has announced that 27 “most wanted” drunken driving fugitives have been captured since the state launched a new initiative two years ago.
Gov. Susana Martinez has announced that one of the state’s TV ad campaigns called, “Reality Series – Over the Limit,” to combat DWI is featured on the Governors Highway Safety Association’s website. This showcases what New Mexico is doing to fight drunk driving to other states.
“I am very pleased that New Mexico can be an example to other states,” Martinez said. “Drunk driving is 100 percent preventable and my administration will do everything in our power to stop it – because even one death to a drunk driver on our roads and highways is too many.”
Santa Fe, NM — Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced a new powerful ad to fight texting while driving. The ad features a woman who answers a text message while behind the wheel. She then hits and kills a child crossing the street, who haunts her while she sits in prison. The ad can be viewed here.