ALBUQUERQUE (AP) – New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has signed a bill aimed at toughening penalties for drunken driving offenses.
Martinez signed the measure during a visit Tuesday to New Mexico State Police headquarters in Albuquerque.
The measure makes it a second-degree felony to be convicted of eight or more DWIs, meaning tougher sentencing guidelines would be imposed.
The measure also substantially increases penalties for convicted drunk drivers involved in fatal crashes.
The proposal was part of the Republican governor’s overall public safety agenda this past legislative session.
Martinez says cracking down on repeat offenders is the right thing to do. She also accused the Legislature of not being tough enough.
Some Democrats had questioned why New Mexico needed tougher sentencing guidelines and said state officials should be turning their attention to rehabilitation.