The bill easily cleared both houses and Gov. Martinez supports it.
From the Albuquerque Journal: "...The legislation, Senate Bill 19, would allow law enforcement officers to
stop drivers who appear to be texting, reading or writing on their
mobile devices while driving or stopped in traffic. Drivers could be
cited with a $25 fine for the first offense and a $50 ticket for
subsequent incidents.....Gov. Susana Martinez’s office suggested Tuesday that she expects to sign the bill into law.“Gov. Martinez is encouraged that New Mexico will join most other
U.S. states in banning texting while driving,” Martinez spokesman
Enrique Knell said. “Texting while driving is a lethal distraction.
There is no text message that is worth a person’s life. Distracted
drivers pose a serious danger to fellow motorists on New Mexico’s
streets, roads and highways, especially among our youth...”
The bill would take effect 1 July. I will not further encroach on the Journal's copyright. Please go read the article and support a very fine independent newspaper, fully endorsed by the North Mesa Mutts, with your checkbook.