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. For more information, consult the State Highway Safety Office.

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Bike helmets required?

Bicycle helmets required for all riders under 18.

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Motorcycle Helmet Required?

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 Universal helmet law repealed 1977.

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Length of Regular Renewal Cycle

Choice of 4 or 8 years

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Provisions for Mature Drivers

75 and over: renewal every year

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DUID Zero Tolerance or Per se Laws for Some Drugs

None

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Marijuana Possession and Use

Decriminalized and legal for medical use

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Marijuana Impaired Driving

None

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Rural Interstates: Cars (MPH)

75

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Rural Interstates: Trucks (MPH)

75

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Urban Interstates: Cars (MPH)

75

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Urban Interstates: Trucks (MPH)

75

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Other Limited Access Roads: Cars (MPH)

65

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Other Limited Access Roads: Trucks (MPH)

65

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Repeat Offender Laws

No

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Increased penalty for high BAC

.16 (with mandatory jail on all offenses)

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Administrative license suspension on first offense

Under 21: 1 year; 21 and over: 6 months

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Limited driving privileges during suspension

Immediately with ignition interlock

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Ignition Interlocks

Mandatory for all convictions

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Open container laws

Yes

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Child Restraint Required

Under 1 yrs in rear-facing 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

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Adult Safety Belt Permissible

7-17 yrs

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Full Privilege Minimum Age

16 years, 6 months

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Learner Stage: Minimum Age (Years/Months)

15

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Learner Stage: Minimum Duration (Months)

6

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Learner Stage: Supervised Driving Hours (Night Hours in Parenthesis)

50 (10)

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Intermediate Stage: Minimum Age (Years/Months)

15 / 6

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Intermediate Stage: Nighttime Driving Restriction

Midnight - 5 a.m.

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Intermediate Stage: Passenger Restrictions (Except Family, Unless Noted)

No more than 1 under 21

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Who is Covered?

18 and over

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In What Seat?

All

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Type of Law

Primary

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Hand-Held Ban?

No

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All Cell Phone Ban? School Bus Drivers

No

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All Cell Phone Ban? Novice Drivers

Drivers with learner or provisional license. Primary law.

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Text Messaging Ban?

All drivers. Primary law.

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Speed Cameras: State Law

Permitted by state law

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Speed Cameras: Where Permitted

Specified jurisdictions; mobile enforcement vans not permitted on state and federal roadways

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Red Light Cameras: State Law

Permitted by state law and city ordinance

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Red Light Cameras: Where Permitted

Specified jurisdictions; not permitted on state and federal roadways

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