2015 New Mexico Statutes
Chapter 66 - Motor Vehicles
Section 8 Crimes, Penalties and Procedure
Section 2 TRAFFIC OFFENSES
Section 66-8-128 Uniform traffic citation.
66-8-128. Uniform traffic citation.
A. The department shall prepare a uniform traffic citation containing at least the following information:
(1) an information section, serially numbered and containing spaces for the name, physical address and mailing address, city and state of the individual charged; the individual's physical description, age and sex; the registration number, year and state of the vehicle involved and its make and type; the state and number of the individual's driver's license; the specific section number and common name of the offense charged under the NMSA 1978 or local law; the date and time of arrest; the arresting officer's signature and identification number; and the conditions existing at the time of the violation;
(2) a notice to appear; and
(3) a penalty assessment notice with a place for the signature of the violator agreeing to pay the penalty assessment prescribed.
B. The department shall prescribe how the uniform traffic citation form may be used as a warning notice.
C. The department shall prescribe the size and number of copies of the paper version of the uniform traffic citation and the disposition of each copy. The department may also prescribe one or more electronic versions of the uniform traffic citation, which may be used in the issuance of citations instead of or with paper uniform traffic citations.
D. Any entity that wishes to submit electronic traffic citations instead of or with paper uniform traffic citations required to be submitted to the department shall secure the prior permission of the department.
E. An electronic version of a uniform traffic citation shall include the same information required to be included in a uniform traffic citation. An electronic version of a uniform traffic citation may be signed electronically and a law enforcement officer may submit or file with a court an electronic version of a uniform traffic citation if prior permission of the department has been secured. Where the law requires a law enforcement officer to provide a copy of a citation to a person cited or arrested, a physical copy of the citation shall be provided regardless of whether a paper uniform traffic citation or an electronic version of a uniform traffic citation was used.
History: 1953 Comp., 64-8-128, enacted by Laws 1978, ch. 35, 536; 1981, ch. 360, 12; 1990, ch. 120, 39; 1995, ch. 135, 26; 2011, ch. 47, 1; 2013, ch. 197, 3.
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