NM panel rejects bills to toughen DWI penalties

Jan 25, 2013 Full story: KOB-TV

A legislative committee has rejected legislation backed by Gov. Susana Martinez to toughen New Mexico's penalties on repeat drunken drivers.

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“US Navy”

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#1 Jan 25, 2013
Interesting it was rejected. Why am I not surprised?
get real

Albuquerque, NM

#2 Jan 25, 2013
I somehow think that there's nothing anyone can do if the person wants to do jail and keep driving drunk.

We simply cannot FUND enough jails and prisons to turn the tide.

How about imparing eyesight?

“US Navy”

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#3 Jan 25, 2013
get real wrote:
I somehow think that there's nothing anyone can do if the person wants to do jail and keep driving drunk.
We simply cannot FUND enough jails and prisons to turn the tide.
How about imparing eyesight?
In some ways you are correct, those who are determined to do so, whatever their reason(s) will find a way. Perhaps that's why enforcement is more often than not the issue, hence tougher laws won't make a difference. Now if we had tent cities, money wouldn't be the issue. We've lots of space in NM for them...

“I ain't afraid of no ghosts.”

Since: Aug 08

Dear old mucky Drasnia

#4 Jan 26, 2013
I have been going over this in my head, and I am wondering if perhaps we should start charging repeat DUI/DWI offenders with attempted murder, and sentence them as such.

By being repeat offenders, they show that they place no value on others lives, so maybe it would need a new title, something like "Target Non-Specific Attempted Murder."

But then again, we could also make a similar argument regarding balloon chase crew driving, as well.

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