Governor Martinez has made fighting DWI a priority in her administration and has been committed to reducing fatalities caused by drunk driving. As a result, DWI-related fatalities are trending down in New Mexico.
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 educates New Mexicans on the dangers of drunk driving and also supports increased enforcement efforts. She has also 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.
As a result of many of these actions, the Governor announced a 36-year low of DWI-related fatalities in 2015.