New Mexico

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RESTRICTIONS ON CELLPHONE USE AND TEXTING
Hand-held ban no
Young drivers all cellphone ban learner's permit and intermediate license holders
Texting ban all drivers
Enforcement primary
MAXIMUM POSTED SPEED LIMITS
Rural interstates (mph) 75
Urban interstates (mph) 75
Other limited access roads (mph) 65
Other roads (mph) 55
YOUNG DRIVER LICENSING SYSTEMS
To get a learners license you must:
Have a minimum age of 151
YOUNG DRIVER LICENSING SYSTEMS
Before getting a license or restricted license you must:
Have a mandatory holding period of 6 months
Have a minimum supervised driving time of 50 hours, 10 of which must be at night
Have a minimum age of 15, 6 months2
YOUNG DRIVER LICENSING SYSTEMS
Restrictions during intermediate or restricted license stage:
Nighttime restrictions midnight-5 a.m.
Passenger restrictions

(family members excepted unless otherwise noted)
no more than 1 passenger younger than 21
YOUNG DRIVER LICENSING SYSTEMS
Minimum age at which restrictions may be lifted:
Nighttime restrictions 12 months or until age 18, whichever occurs first (min. age: 16, 6 mos.)
Passenger restrictions 12 months or until age 18, whichever occurs first (min. age: 16, 6 mos.)
REGULAR LICENSING RENEWAL CYCLE
Length of regular renewal cycle 4 or 8 years at the option of the driver
OLDER DRIVER SPECIAL LICENSING PROVISIONS
Accelerated renewal <67: 4 or 8 years at driver's option; 67+: 4 years or age 75, whichever occurs first; annually for drivers age 75 and older
Other provisions none
CHILD RESTRAINTS
Must be in child restraint younger than 1 year in a rear-facing infant seat; 1 through 4 years or less than 40 pounds in a child safety seat; 5 through 6 or less than 60 pounds in a booster seat
Adult safety belt permissible 7 through 17 years
Maximum fine 1st offense $25
Seating preference children younger than 1 year in a rear-facing infant seat must be in the rear seat if available
Children not covered all children covered
SAFETY BELT USE
Initial effective date 01/01/86
Standard enforcement? yes; effective 01/01/86
Who is covered? In what seats? 18+ years in all seats
Maximum fine 1st offense $253
Can nonuse decrease monetary awards for injuries in lawsuits? no
MOTORCYCLE HELMET USE
Motorcyclists covered 17 and younger
BICYCLE HELMET USE
Covered by state law 17 and younger
PICKUP TRUCKS: RESTRICTIONS ON RIDING IN CARGO AREAS
Restrictions on riding in cargo areas yes
Gaps in coverage people 18 and older
LOW-SPEED VEHICLES
On which roads are low-speed vehicles permitted? roads with a posted speed limit of 35 mph or less
What is the top speed permissible for low-speed vehicles? 25 mph

1In New Mexico, permit applicants younger than 18 must be enrolled in driver education.

2In New Mexico, license applicants younger than 18 must have completed driver education.

3This state assesses points for violations.