DWI Patrols This Weekend

New Mexico – Efforts to keep people from driving drunk during the holiday weekend are already under way in New Mexico.

The state Department of Transportation says the effort began Friday with law enforcement agencies conducting checkpoints and saturation patrols.

Drivers can expect to see the checkpoints and an increased presence by officers on the roadways throughout the weekend.

Transportation officials also are encouraging drivers to remain vigilant and to call the Drunk Buster hot line to report suspected drunk drivers.

The hot line has received more than 9,500 calls so far this year.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.