Most New Mexico residents know that drinking and driving are a bad combination and frowned on by law enforcement everywhere. Driving while under the influence of alcohol or any other substance that affects reflexes and judgment is an act of negligence, one that causes many car accidents. New Mexico's laws are designed not only to punish drivers who drive after drinking but also to serve as warnings to others. Even so, drunk drivers continue to operate vehicles and put their own and others' lives in danger.
In New Mexico each year, scores of people are killed by drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Fortunately, a new and better trend may be developing. In 2013, the number of DUI-related deaths dropped by 14 percent compared with DUI-related deaths the year before.