House OKs Liquor Ban For Some DWI Offenders

Mar 5, 2013

Convicted drunken drivers with an ignition interlock will be prohibited from buying alcohol under legislation approved by the House.

Democratic Rep. Brian Egolf of Santa Fe says the proposal will help prevent offenders from drinking while they are driving.

New Mexico law requires convicted drunken drivers to have an ignition interlock, which are intended to prevent vehicles from operating if the driver has been drinking.

Offenders without a car don't need the devices, however.

Egolf said he developed the legislation after seeing a man buy a soda and two miniature bottles of whiskey at a convenience store, mix them and drive off in a vehicle equipped with an interlock.

The bill passed the House on a 59-5 vote Monday and goes to the Senate for consideration.