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1 1 Never Underestimate its Impact DWI The EXPERIENCE

2 2 Clips from Santa Fe – New Mexican And Rio Rancho Observer

3 3 Drinking and Driving or Drugging and Driving… A risky business. In 2012, 10,322 people died in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes in the US. NHTSA In 2012, 239 children were killed in drunk driving crashes as occupants of a vehicle with a driver who had a BAC level of.08 or higher. NHTSA Approximately 4 to 14 percent of drivers who sustained injury or died in traffic accidents tested positive for THC. 132 people have died in alcohol- related crashes in New Mexico in 2013. NHTSA 2012 / The Associate Press -

4 4 Driving under the influence of either alcohol or drugs can lead to.

5 5 Alcohol, Drugs and the Law In New Mexico, if you are found guilty of DWI and it is your first conviction, you will pay stiff fines and court costs, and you could be sentenced to jail. You will also be ordered to treatment and to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle. MVD has the authority to revoke your driver license. Subsequent DWI convictions will result in increased fines, more jail time and a longer license revocation. Any DWI conviction will remain on your driving record for 55 years. Providing Alcohol to a Minor (under 21) is ILLEGAL! 4 th Degree Felony - 18 Months in Jail - $5,000 Fine MVD

6 WHAT IS A DRINK? It's not how many "drinks" that you have, but how much alcohol that you consume. 6 BEER - An "average" beer has about 5% alcohol content. Malt liquor is higher in alcohol content than the average beer. MIXED DRINKS - "averages" are based on typical drink recipes using 80 proof liquors. The amount of alcohol in actual mixed drinks may vary. WINES & WINE COOLER - vary in alcohol content also, but are normally a closer range so that one wine cooler or one 4-5 oz glass of wine will be the equivalent of one "drink." References: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism New Mexico Department of Transportation

7 7 It is illegal for anyone under 21 years of age to buy or consume alcohol..

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9 9.06 BAC.08 BAC.02 BAC.04 BAC BAC = Blood Alcohol Concentration Reason and Caution are the first major functions to be affected. Loss of Judgment and trouble doing two tasks at the same time. Reduced coordination and ability to track Moving objects. Difficulty steering vehicle. Trouble controlling speed, slowed reaction time and difficulty processing information and reasoning. Small quantities of Alcohol can impair a driver’s ability to make decisions and react to situations while driving.

10 Bitter Medicine Motorists taking painkillers / opioids, are more likely to perform unsafe driving actions that are responsible for roughly 150 fatal crashes in the US each year. In New Mexico, drivers will be convicted of DUI for the use of drugs if those drugs are inhibiting the ability to properly function behind the wheel of the vehicle. Chicago Tribune and Albuquerque Journal – September 1, 2013 10

11 Drugged Driving Use of any psychoactive (mind-altering) drug makes it highly unsafe to drive a car and it is illegal. Currently, one of nine drivers involved in fatal crashes would test positive for marijuana. Drivers who are under the influence of both alcohol and marijuana, their risk of a crash increases up to 24 times that of a sober person. Pot impairs users similarly to the way alcohol does, it impairs judgment, affects vision, and affects the ability to use good judgment. 11

12 12 Drugs that impairs the ability to drive or operate machinery: Marijuana (Can be a Stimulant or Depressant) – Impairs coordination, slows reaction time – shortens attention span. Crack / Cocaine (CNS Stimulant) – Loss of concentration, decreased coordination, poor vision. Prescription and OTC drugs – Affects reaction time, coordination, mood, perception, information processing. Painkillers / Opiates (Heroin, Morphine, Codeine, Hydrocodone, Methadone) – Drowsiness, confusion, vision impairment, impaired judgment. Other CNS Stimulants – (Amphetamines = Benzedrine, Dexedrine, Black beauties, Crank, Meth) - Exaggerated confidence, risk taking, impaired concentration, coordination and judgment

13 13 Current Penalties in New Mexico: Vehicular Homicide and Great Bodily Harm Vehicular Homicide: Incarceration for 6 years for each victim. Great Bodily Harm: Incarceration for 3 years for each victim. Prior DWI Convictions: Judges can (at their discretion) add one to four years to each prior DWI conviction to the penalties above.

14 14 Alcohol-Involved Crash Photos Alcohol-Involved Crash Photos by Lieutenant Dennis O’Brian Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Dept. and by New Mexico DWI Victims

15 Head on Collision caused by a driver under the influence of Marijuana and Cocaine on Hwy 528 – Rio Rancho, NM One fatality and one injury – Brother and Sister 15

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17 Karen Ferreira – 15 years old Deceased Douglas Ferreira – 17 years old Injured - Survivor The Victims 17

18 Impaired Driver Sentenced to 17 years in jail. Marijuana under driver’s seat. Other drugs found inside Glove compartment. 18

19 19 Wrong Way Intoxicated Driver Kills Family of 5 in Head-on Crash  Family of 6 headed home following soccer tournament.  Wrong way intoxicated driver crashes into family head-on killing 5 of the 6 family members and himself.  The wrong-way driver had a blood alcohol level of a 0.32.

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21 Drunk Driver - Deceased 21

22 The Victims Paul Gonzales, 36; Renee Collins Gonzales, 39; Jacqueline Gonzales, 11, and Selena Gonzales, 10; Renee, Alicia Garcia, 17. There are two missing photos that we do not have permission to use. 22

23 23 Vehicle vs. Stationary Train - 4 Dead Vehicle vs. Stationary Train - 4 Dead Group of teenagers drinking and driving, traveling approximately 70 mph on a city street.

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25 25 Vehicle Sideswipes Pole Vehicle Sideswipes Pole A group of friends were driving drunk on State Road 76. Driver lost control of the car and sideswiped a utility pole and fence post. The unrestrained passenger slid towards the force and his head went out the window and struck the pole and fence post.

26 26 Beer Single Vehicle Fatal Rollover Driver is intoxicated and driving on Interstate 25 drinking beer. Driver rolls his vehicle at 80 MPH. Driver is partially ejected during the rollover and suffers a massive head injury. Driver falls back into his vehicle.

27 27 Rollover Ejection – 4 Dead Driver of an SUV blackout at the wheel and leaves the roadway in a curve on State Road 599. The driver wakes and over corrects, causing the vehicle to rollover. All teenage occupants except the driver were not wearing seatbelts. Four passengers are killed, the driver survived.

28 28 Alcohol, Drugs and Driving. A deadly combination!

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