Governor Martinez made fighting DWI a priority in her administration and was committed to reducing fatalities caused by drunk driving. As a result of her tough efforts to curb drunk-driving, DWI-related fatalities dropped by 18% and hit a 36-year low during her term.
The Governor enacted legislation that increased penalties against drunk drivers to some of the toughest in the region. Through the ENDWI campaign the Governor’s administration educated New Mexicans on the dangers of drunk driving and also supported increased enforcement efforts. She announced several initiatives aimed to stop drunk drivers including a campaign focused on stopping servers and establishments from over-serving alcohol, a crackdown on DWI offender absconders, a campaign to combat underage drinking, and a court monitoring program that placed citizens inside courtrooms in six counties to shed light on how DWI cases are handled.