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House passes measures to crack down on DWIs

The Associated Press
Crime

SANTA FE — The full House has approved a pair of measures meant to crack down on New Mexico's drunken drivers.

One of the bills that passed Thursday allows judges to impose stricter penalties for repeat offenders.

A DWI offense can be deemed a felony after the fourth conviction. The legislation would make individuals convicted of a DWI felony eligible for sentencing under the state's habitual offender law.

The other measure would make it a fourth-degree felony to be charged with DWI while driving on a suspended or revoked license for a prior DWI offense.

The bill also would increase punishments for those who lend their car to someone with a revoked suspended license due to drunken driving.