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Artesia Police announce DWI checkpoints and saturation patrols

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ARTESIA — There is no set time for people being busted for driving while intoxicated in the Artesia city limits.

Lindell Smith

Artesia Police Commander Lindell Smith said officers have made DWI arrests at 9 a.m. This month, APD will be conducting DWI checkpoints and saturation patrols.

“The DWI problem still exists here,” he said. “We can’t put our heads in the sand and pretend that it doesn’t.”

He said APD puts out monthly notices regarding the checkpoints and patrols. The notices are done to keep APD compliant with Supreme Court case law and to notify the community that officers will be out and about looking for suspected violators.

“Part of detecting and deterring DWIs in the very first step is to ask for voluntary compliance from citizens, so asking people to make the conscious decision not to drink and drive and not to use drugs to the point where they would allow you to operate a motor vehicle,” he said.

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He said the operations allow APD to hold people accountable for choosing to drive impaired.

“The way we do that is through special operations, sobriety checkpoints and other operations that we have planned to go and enforce those laws,” he said.

Smith added that APD will get grants to help pay for overtime for officers who participate in the operations.

“What we’re ultimately looking for is just keeping the roads safe for people,” he said.

“The people that are traveling into town and staying here or the people that live here, go to school here, work here, we want those people to be safe and we want them to be free from the consequences of those who choose to drink and drive,” he said.

Smith said that drinking and driving affects everyone.

“I just encourage people to make the right decision, if you’re partying, have a plan to get home, whether that’s calling a friend or relative, walking, whatever resource a person has not to be on the road whenever they’re impaired,” he said.

General assignment reporter Mike Smith can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 307, or at sports2@rdrnews.com.