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NM Bars Penalized for Over-Serving Before Crashes

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Two bars in New Mexico have been fined and had their liquor licenses suspended for over-serving patrons who went on to cause fatal drunken-driving crashes.

The New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department's Alcohol and Gaming Division announced the penalties yesterday.

The Blue Corn Cafe and Brewery in Santa Fe was fined $10,000 and had its liquor license suspended for 15 days spanning two weekends.

Authorities say bar officials pleaded no contest to over-serving an intoxicated man who then caused a crash that killed two teenage girls and severely injured family members and bystanders.

El Alto Bar and Station in Las Vegas paid a $2,500 fine and ceased serving alcohol for eight days. An administrative citation was issued for over-serving a customer who caused a fatal crash in March 2010.