The Victims - Impact DWI

Never Underestimate its Impact
Clips from Santa Fe – New Mexican
And Rio Rancho Observer
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 alcoholrelated crashes in New Mexico in
2012 / The Associate Press -
Driving under the influence of either
alcohol or drugs can lead to.
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!
4th Degree Felony - 18 Months in Jail - $5,000 Fine
It's not how many "drinks" that you have, but how much alcohol
that you consume.
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
It is illegal for anyone under 21 years of age to buy or consume alcohol..
It is illegal for anyone under 21 years of age to buy or consume alcohol..
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.
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
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
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
• Other CNS Stimulants – (Amphetamines = Benzedrine, Dexedrine,
Black beauties, Crank, Meth) - Exaggerated confidence, risk taking,
impaired concentration, coordination and judgment
Current Penalties in New Mexico:
Vehicular Homicide and Great Bodily Harm
• Vehicular Homicide: Incarceration for 6 years for each
• Great Bodily Harm: Incarceration for 3 years for each
• Prior DWI Convictions: Judges can (at their discretion) add
one to four years to each prior DWI conviction to the
penalties above.
Alcohol-Involved Crash Photos
by Lieutenant Dennis O’Brian
Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Dept. and by
New Mexico DWI Victims
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
The Victims
Karen Ferreira – 15 years old
Douglas Ferreira – 17 years old
Injured - Survivor
Marijuana under
driver’s seat.
Impaired Driver
Sentenced to 17 years in jail.
Other drugs found inside
Glove compartment.
Wrong Way Intoxicated Driver Kills
Family of 5 in Head-on Crash
 Family of 6 headed home following soccer
 Wrong way intoxicated driver crashes into family
head-on killing 5 of the 6 family members and
 The wrong-way driver had a blood alcohol level of a
Drunk Driver - Deceased
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.
Vehicle vs. Stationary Train - 4 Dead
Group of teenagers drinking and driving, traveling approximately 70 mph on a
city street.
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.
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.
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.
Alcohol, Drugs and Driving. A deadly combination!

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