Today, thousands of safe drivers across New Mexico cannot legally drive solely because they are trapped in a cycle of debt. New Mexico suspended over 215,000 driver’s licenses between 2016 to 2018 alone — all because the person could not afford to pay court debt, or because they missed a court hearing.

Debt-based license suspensions force people to make an impossible choice: stop driving and lose access to work & basic necessities— or keep driving, and risk more fines and fees, arrest and even incarceration. It's time to end this backwards policy and restore the freedom to drive.

See more about this bill on the New Mexico campaign page at the Fines & Fees Justice Center.

Sponsors

Sen. Peter Wirth

Status

Passed committee

Session

2021

Bill number

SB 7

Position

Support