New Mexico

GHSA maintains data on state laws surrounding a number of highway safety issues. Below is information regarding laws in the state of New Mexico. Please note that GHSA does not compile any additional data on state laws other than what is presented in these pages. For more information, consult the appropriate State Highway Safety Office.

  • Alcohol Impaired Driving

    Penalties

    Increased Penalty for High BAC Administrative License Suspension on First Offense Limited Driving Privileges During Suspension Vehicle and License Plate Sanctions
    .16 (with mandatory jail on all offenses)

    Under 21: 1 year

    21 and over: 6 months

    Immediately with Ignition Interlock Immobilization of vehicle for driving while revoked

    Ignition Interlocks

    Mandatory for all convictions

    Other

    Open Container Laws Repeat Offender Laws Alcohol Exclusion Laws Limiting Treatment
    Yes No Yes

     

  • Bicyclists and Pedestrians

    Bicycle helmets required for all riders under 18.

  • Child Passenger Safety

    Child Restraint Required

    Under 1 yrs in rear-facing infant seat in rear seat if available

    1-4 yrs or under 40 lbs in child safety seat

    5-6 yrs or under 60 lbs in booster seat

    Adult Safety Belt Permissible

    7-17 yrs

    Maximum Fine for 1st Offense

    $25

  • Distracted Driving

    Hand-Held Ban?

    In State vehicles.

    All Cell Phone Ban?

    School Bus Drivers

    No

    Novice Drivers

    Drivers with learner or provisional license. Primary law.

    Text Messaging Ban?

    All drivers. Primary law.

  • Drug Impaired Driving

    DUID Zero Tolerance or Per se Laws for Some Drugs

    • None

    Marijuana-Specific Laws

    • Possession and Use: Legal for medical use
    • Impaired Driving: None
  • Mature Drivers

    Length of Regular Renewal Cycle

    Choice of 4 or 8 years

    Provisions for Mature Drivers

    75 and over: renewal every year

  • Motorcyclists

    Helmets required for riders under 18. Universal helmet law repealed 1977.

  • Seat Belts

    Type of Law

    Primary

    Who Is Covered?

    Riders 18 and over

    In What Seat?

    All

    Maximum Fine for 1st Offense

    $25

  • Sobriety Checkpoints

    Checkpoints are conducted. Their legality is upheld under state and federal Constitution, and law enforcement must follow guidelines.

  • Speed and Red Light Cameras

    Speed Cameras

    Violation/State Law

    Limited

    Permitted Locations/Criteria

    DOT has banned cameras on state and federal roads; localities must post warning sign and beacon

    Citation Issued To/Liability

    Not addressed

    Image Taken

    Not addressed

    Penalties (Traditional Penalties)

    $75 maximum civil penalty; no points or criminal sanctions; municipality retains operating costs; balance goes to court construction, drug courts and DWI prevention


    Red Light Cameras

    Violation/State Law

    Limited

    Permitted Locations/Criteria

    DOT has banned cameras on state and federal roads; localities must post warning sign and beacon

    Citation Issued To/Liability

    Not addressed

    Image Taken

    Not addressed

    Penalties (Traditional Penalties)

    $75 maximum civil penalty; no points or criminal sanctions; municipality retains operating costs; balance goes to court construction, drug courts and DWI prevention

  • Speeding and Aggressive Driving

    Rural Interstates

    Cars (MPH) Trucks (MPH)
    75 75

    Urban Interstates

    Cars (MPH) Trucks (MPH)
    65 65

    Other Limited Access Roads

    Cars (MPH) Trucks (MPH)
    60-70 60-70
  • Teen and Novice Drivers

    Full Privilege Minimum Age

    16 years, 6 months

    Learner Stage

    Minimum Age (Years/Months)

    Minimum Duration (Months)

    Required Supervised Driving Hours (Night Hours)

    15 6 50 (10)

    Intermediate Stage

    Minimum Age (Years/Months)

    Nighttime Driving Restriction

    Passenger Restriction (except family, unless noted)

    15 / 6 Midnight - 5 a.m. No more than 1 under 21
  • Work Zones

    Violations Affected

    Speeding

    Enhanced Penalties

    Double original fine

    Workers Must Be Present?

    No

    Signs Must Be Present?

    Yes