U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Chairs Field Hearing at Law School

Senator UdallU.S. Sen. Tom Udall (`77) chaired a Senate field hearing that addressed drunk driving on Aug. 10 at the University of New Mexico School of Law. He welcomed comments from an invited group of panelists at the hearing, titled, "Fighting Drunk Driving: Lessons Learned from New Mexico".

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Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry, left, and Richard Williams, chief of the Las Cruces Police Department.

Panelists included Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry, federal and state transportation officials, and alcohol-related industry representatives. The overall message was that the number of traffic deaths related to drunk driving has declined in recent years, but with more needing to be done, technology could play a significant role.

audienceUdall is co-sponsoring legislation that would authorize funding for more research into DWI prevention methods. He is interested in a passive in-vehicle detection system, which could have the potential to end drunk driving.

The hearing of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation was part of a week-long tour Udall made throughout New Mexico during a summer congressional break.

August 16, 2011