Governor: Social media to broadcast lenient DUI sentences


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Sick of drunk drivers getting off with a slap on the wrist? Well, you’ll soon be able to keep tabs on them through social media.

Tuesday, Gov. Susana Martinez announced a new initiative that will place volunteer monitors in courtrooms across the state. The monitors will report the details to officials who will name the offenders on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook. She says it’s a way to hold everyone accountable.

“What’s happening with judges? And what’s happening with the prosecutor?” said Gov. Martinez. “So they have someone that has a fourth DWI, and they are pleading it down to a first, pretending it’s their first and therefore the sentence is lighter?”

Martinez says Mothers Against Drunk Driving will provide the monitors. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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