The New Mexico State Police Department participated in the Combined Accident Reduction Effort operation across all roadways within the state according a press release from New Mexico State Police public information officer, Carl Christiansen.
The goal of the traffic initiative was create a strong law enforcement presence that would directly affect the driving behaviors of motorists during the holiday weekend. This, in response, would reduce the number of crashes and increase motorist safety, Christiansen wrote.
The NMSP provided an increased patrol presence during the CARE operation on roadways throughout all State Police district. State police conducted high intensity traffic operations state-wide on one of the busiest travel days of the Fourth of July weekend, through Tuesday evening.
The holiday operations resulted with State police issuing more than 2765 traffic citations, 236 of which were due to lack of seatbelt usage, and arresting 37 drunk drivers state-wide.
New Mexico State Police said officers handled a total of 65 crashes, none of which were fatal. 16 individuals were arrested for drug-related offenses.
The Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Bureau issued approximately 283 commercial vehicle citations and conducted over 480 commercial vehicle inspections.
“The safety of motorists is a priority of the New Mexico State Police and officers will continue holiday travel operations throughout the upcoming summer season,” Christiansen wrote. “We encourage the public to drive safely and obey all laws while traveling the motorways of New Mexico.”