Basic Speed Law: Speed shall be so controlled as to avoid colliding with any person or vehicle which is either on or entering the highway. All persons shall use due care. NM 1 § 66-7 Penalty for Exceeding Speed Limit A first time violator may be:
New Mexico drivers who run a stop sign or stop light will likely have to pay a fine. And a red light or stop sign violation will also add demerit points to a motorist’s driving record. This article gives an outline of what the law says and some of the specific consequences of a stop sign or red light ticket.
New Mexico defines “reckless driving” as driving “carelessly and heedlessly in willful or wanton disregard for the rights or safety of others,” and “without due caution and circumspection and at a speed or in a manner so as to endanger or be likely to endanger a person or property.”
A motorist who drives recklessly or under the influence of drugs or alcohol and causes the death of another person will likely face vehicular homicide charges. Read more about how the offense is defined and the penalties for a conviction.
Obtaining a commercial driver's license (CDL) in New Mexico requires passage of a skills and knowledge test based upon the type of commercial motor vehicles (CMV) being driven. Federal law requires that CDL drivers crossing state lines must be 21 years of age. States may set different age limits for commercial drivers that operate solely within the state.