House Approves Car Seizure For Second DWI

New Mexico – Police could seize the vehicles of repeat drunken drivers under a measure that has passed the House.

Under the legislation, motorists must surrender their vehicles when arrested for drunken driving if they have two or more convictions of driving while intoxicated.

A seized vehicle would be subject to forfeiture if the offender is convicted.

The legislation also requires police to seize the vehicle of someone arrested for driving while their license was revoked because of a drunken driving conviction.

The bill cleared the House on a 45-23 vote on Saturday and goes to the Senate for consideration.

Supporters of the legislation say it will help fight drunken driving in New Mexico. They likened the seizure of a drunken driver's car to taking away a criminal's weapon.

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