New Mexico – During the Labor Day holiday, the New Mexico State Police participated in the Combined Accident Reduction Effort (C.A.R.E.) operation across all roadways within the state. The goal of the traffic initiative is to increase motorist safety and reduce the number of crashes through a strong law enforcement presence.
Because of the increased volume of traffic during the holiday, NMSP increased its patrol presence during this initiative on roadways throughout all State Police districts on the busiest travel days of the Labor Day weekend, specifically Saturday, September 5th, through Monday, September 7th, 2020.
The operation resulted in State Police officers issuing over 1,500 traffic citations (55 citations were for lack of seat belt usage) and arresting 15 drunk drivers statewide. Officers handled a total of 40 crashes, with 3 being fatal, and made 7 arrests due to drug-related crimes. The Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Bureau issued approximately 40 commercial vehicle citations and conducted over 280 commercial vehicle inspections.
The safety of motorists is a top priority of the New Mexico State Police and officers will continue holiday travel operations throughout the upcoming winter season. We encourage the public to drive safely and obey all laws while traveling the motorways of New Mexico.