SANTA FE (KRQE) – A statewide texting while driving ban cleared another hurdle Monday.
The bill’s last Senate committee signed off on the proposal, sending it to the floor for a full vote.
The proposed ban would hit drivers with a $25 fine for a first offense and a $50 fine for a second offense.
One of its chief opponents, Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, worries that officers could use the law to profile younger drivers and that penalties could quickly ramp up.
“I just know what’s going to happen because it’s happened in the past, starting off with a traffic citation and ending up a felony,” said Sanchez.
New Mexico is one of only nine states without a texting while driving ban.