SANTA FE ― Tuesday Feb. 16, the New Mexico Legislature passed House Bill 203, the Indigent Interlock Fund Act, with a unanimous 35-0 vote from the New Mexico Senate.
Earlier this session the House of Representatives passed the Indigent Interlock Fund Act with a 62-0 unanimous vote on Feb. 12. House Bill 203, sponsored by Rep. Patricio Ruiloba (D-Albuquerque), increases the financial assistance granted to drivers convicted of a DWI who cannot afford to have and maintain an interlock device in their vehicle.
“I am very pleased with the support my bill has received in both chambers of the House. By making these funds available to drivers convicted of a DWI, we are making our streets safer,” Ruiloba said. “All New Mexicans will benefit from the passage of this bill because more interlocks in cars means fewer DWI’s and safer roads.”
Interlock devices require a convicted DWI offender to blow into the interlock before a car can be started. If the interlock detects alcohol on the breath the car will not start. This bill increases the number of interlock devices in cars of drivers convicted of a DWI. The indigent Interlock Fund Act will now go to the Governor’s desk and if signed will become law.