Drunk and distracted drivers pose an increasingly serious problem throughout the State of New Mexico.

Drinking and Driving in New Mexico

Drunk under the influence of any intoxicating liquor or drugs is illegal in all 50 states, including New Mexico.

New Mexico law regarding drinking while driving is clear: it is illegal to drive with a breath or blood alcohol concentration of .08 or more if you are 21 years of age or over, or .02 if you are under 21 years of age.

Although the criminal ramifications of drunk driving can be immense (i.e. license revocation, mandatory fines, installation of ignition interlocks, victim impact courses and even jail time), the statistics regarding injuries related to DWI incidents are staggering.

  • According to the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division, alcohol is involved in about 40% of the traffic crashes in which someone is killed nationwide.
  • The New Mexico Department of Transportation (“NMDOT”), reported that in FY2015, New Mexico saw 1,532 DWI-related arrests.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that between the years of 2003 and 2012, there were 1,254 people killed in crashes involving a drunk driver in New Mexico.

If a drunk or impaired driver is involved in a collision, the injured party may be entitled to numerous categories of damages, including medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life and punitive damages. If you or a loved one has been injured by a drunk driver, we may be able to help.

Distracted Driving in New Mexico

One of the most common examples of distracted driving involves the use of cellular phones. Whether it’s texting, surfing the internet, or using applications while driving, New Mexico law and various city ordinances outlaw the use of cellular phones while driving.

As is the case with drunk drivers, insurance companies may attempt to downplay the seriousness of your injuries and short-change the amount you receive in pocket. At Dinelli Law, we have experience in realistically evaluating and pursuing claims so that each of our clients gets the fair compensation they are entitled to.