A new law came into force in the southwestern US state of New Mexico on July 1, which imposes a more severe punishment for driving while intoxicated. Informs about this KFOX: news.
The previous law provided for a maximum of three years in prison for drivers who drove under the influence of alcohol for committing a similar crime eight or more times. The new law considers driving while intoxicated a second-degree crime; it envisages a maximum of 12 years in prison for committing such a crime eight or more times.
Driving at the same time as a result of drunk driving will be considered a second-degree crime; guilty persons will be sentenced to a maximum of 15 years in prison for each person who dies.
“Legislators deserve a lot of praise for passing bills that will help us protect the people of New Mexico and fight crime effectively. “Under the new law, dangerous criminals will be removed from traffic and will stay behind bars longer,” said Marc de Antonio, a lawyer in the Donna Ana district.
Prepared by Susanna Khachatryan