New Mexico starts Twitter account to monitor DWI cases

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SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – A new Twitter account launched to make sure DWI cases aren’t falling through the cracks and drunk drivers aren’t getting off easy, is now up and running.

There’s already a string of Tweets posted about a single case. The handle is @NMDWIWatch, and the information tweeted comes from monitors who sit in on drunk driving cases in court.

Back in April, the State Department of Transportation awarded Mothers Against Drunk Driving a $800,000 two-year contract to put those monitors in District Courts in the six counties with the highest DWI dismissal rates. That includes Bernalillo County.

The monitors have been collecting data for months and so far, it shows 34 percent of DWI cases are dismissed.

Wednesday morning, the account tweeted about a Dona Ana County case where a repeat drunk driver was convicted again. He was sentenced to eight days in jail.

The court monitors are tracking 345 pending cases in six counties around the state.

 

 

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