Police Plan DWI Crackdown Over July 4 Holiday

Jul 2, 2013

A law enforcement blitz against drunken driving is planned during the upcoming July Fourth holiday.

Santa Fe County officials are to announce Tuesday that they are increasing enforcement efforts and will air radio advertisements against drunken driving.

Local law enforcement will conduct sobriety checkpoints throughout the weekend and there will be more patrols by officers on the lookout for drunken drivers.

According to the Traffic Safety Division in the state Department of Transportation, 119 people have died in highway accidents in New Mexico from January through May and 58 of those deaths involved alcohol.

There were 78 deaths in alcohol-involved highway crashes statewide during the first five months of 2012, and 52 fatalities during the same period in 2011.

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