New report shows high DWI dismissal rates

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.

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State Drunk Driving Ads Recognized Nationally

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.”

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NM launches 100-day campaign against DWI

Drivers in New Mexico can expect an increased police presence this summer as part of a 100-day crackdown on DWI and distracted driving.

The state, as part of it, is launching a $225,000 advertising campaign that features a horror-movie-style clip of a drunken driver haunted by the ghost of a young woman he’s killed.

In an Albuquerque news conference, Gov. Susana Martinez, a former prosecutor, said she’s seen firsthand the damage caused by drunken driving.

“The reality is much more terrible, but we’re hoping this will reach people,” she said of the publicity campaign.

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