Regional
4:07 pm
Tue January 18, 2011

Alcohol-Related Crashes Decline In New Mexico

New Mexico – The Traffic Safety Bureau says fewer people died in alcohol related crashes in New Mexico in 2010.

The newest yearly totals show that 133 people were killed in alcohol related crashes in 2010 compared with 152 deaths in 2009.

McKinley County saw a dramatic drop of more than 60 percent. According to the sheriff's department, nine people died in 2010 compared to 23 in 2009.

Deputies think the community is fed up with drunk driving and is doing something about it by reporting drunk drivers and using designated drivers.

Sheriff Felix Begay told KOB-TV he wants to see increased patrols and checkpoints in 2011 to keep the numbers down.

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Information from: KOB-TV, http://www.kob.com

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.