State Police Launch Sobriety Checkpoints and Saturation Patrols Across New Mexico
New Mexico State Police will be conducting Sobriety Checkpoints and Saturation Patrols in all New Mexico counties during March.
A State Police spokesperson speaking on the purpose of the checkpoints said “Our efforts continue to show a significant reduction in alcohol related fatalities. This is attributed to the continued media attention and intensive advertising. These checkpoints are helping to change society’s attitude about drinking and driving. People are choosing to not drink and drive. This is the biggest step in keeping impaired drivers from crashing into our friends and families. Hundreds of lives could be saved each year if every driver had the courage to make the right decision”.
According to the public safety organization Safer New Mexico Now, New Mexico’s alcohol-involved fatality rate has declined in the past decade; yet, since 1994, the State has still ranked substantially higher than the national average. 60% of DWI fatalities in New Mexico involve repeat offenders with more than one arrest or conviction for drunk driving.
A University of New Mexico Geospatial and Population study found that in 2011, an estimated 351 people lost their lives in motor vehicle crashes on New Mexico roads. Among fatal crashes, alcohol was involved 43.3% of the time. On average, a person was killed or injured in an alcohol-involved crash every five hours.
- Who: New Mexico State Police
- What: Sobriety Checkpoints and Saturation Patrols.
- When: March 2015
- Where: All Counties across the State
- Why: So we can ENDWI in New Mexico