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Bill would ban buying of alcohol after a DUI

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Interesting bill. This may work.

For years, New Mexico has had one of the highest rates of alcohol-related traffic deaths in the nation. And in each legislative session, legislators wrestle with how to make the state’s highways and rural roads safer, usually spurred by the latest horrific accident.

Now, an aggressive new bill is being considered that would forbid many people convicted of drunken driving from buying alcohol anywhere — whether in stores, restaurants or bars. If it passes, it would be among the most-restrictive drunken-driving laws in the nation.

Under a 2005 New Mexico law, people convicted of drunken driving are required to install ignition interlock devices in their vehicles, typically for one year for a first offense. Drivers have to breathe into the device to start the ignition, and it does not allow the vehicle to start if it detects a threshold level of alcohol on the driver’s breath.

The proposal would expand that measure, barring thousands of New Mexicans who are required to have the devices from buying alcohol. Under the measure, drivers now required to have interlock devices would be issued a specially marked license indicating that they are prohibited from buying alcohol.

The idea has gained popularity. This week, the measure sailed through the state House in a 59-5 vote.

State Rep. Brian Egolf, a Democrat, said he was motivated to write the bill after seeing a man with an interlock device in his car buy miniature bottles of whiskey and a Coke at a convenience store. The man poured the whiskey into the Coke, blew into the interlock device and started his car. He then placed the drink in the car’s cup holder and drove off.

“We have a terrible problem in New Mexico,” Egolf said, “and what we are trying to do is come at it from the other side, not just the punitive, incarceration and interlock side.”

Not everyone thinks Egolf’s proposal is feasible, however.

“I don’t see this affecting the reduction of death and injury,” said Linda Atkinson, executive director of the DWI Resource Center in Albuquerque, which has pushed for tougher drunken-driving laws.

Atkinson said she would rather see existing laws enforced to ensure that those who are ordered to use an ignition lock actually install them.

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Mar 10 @ 1:33AM  
The only way this could be enforced is to tag licenses assuming businesses would check them. It puts too much upon businesses to fly...The proposal will crash and burn. It is not upon private business to enforce state probation/parole requirements. I can see it on the sale of of guns to felons convicted of felonies using a gun. But, this is ridiculous

Mar 10 @ 12:21PM  
Bill who??

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