Purpose-Local DWI Grant Program
The purpose of the Department of Finance, Local Government Division, Local DWI (LDWI) Program is to reduce the incidence of DWI in New Mexico.
The mission of the Local DWI grant program is to reduce the incidence of DWI, alcoholism, alcohol abuse, and alcohol-related domestic violence.
Local DWI Grant Program – Statutory Authority
The 1993 New Mexico Legislature enacted Laws of 1993, Chapter 65. A portion of the law created the Local DWI Grant Program Act, compiled as Sections 11-6A-1 through 11-6A-6, NMSA 1978, as amended.
Local DWI Program Administration
The Local Government Division within the Department of Finance and Administration is designated to administer the Program. As defined in the NM Statutes, “Division” means the Local Government Division (LGD), which provides administrative services for the Local DWI Grant Fund, within the Department of Finance and Administration. LGD has established a rule, 2.110.4 NMAC, and Program Guidelines to provide guidance to local communities.
The legislation, 11-6A-4 NMSA 1978 as amended, gives oversight of the Program to the DWI Grant Council. “Council” means the New Mexico DWI Grant Council, which was created under the Local DWI Grant Program Act. Membership of the Council consists of the president of the New Mexico Municipal League or a designee, the president of the New Mexico Association of Counties or a designee, the secretary of the Department of Health or the Secretary’s designee, the secretary of the Department of Finance and Administration or the Secretary’s designee, chief of the Traffic Safety Bureau of the State Highway and Transportation Department, and two representatives of local governing bodies, appointed by the Governor. The Local DWI Grants are awarded by the DWI Grant Council upon their review and approval of the grant programs and plans contained in the county’s annual grant application.