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Artesia Police put impaired drivers on notice

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ARTESIA — The longer days and warmer weather means people are going to be out longer, and that means the Artesia Police Department will be out in force this month looking to do its part in the deterrence and detection of crimes related to impaired driving.

APD Commander Lindell Smith said the deterrence aspect is covered in multiple ways. The first is by asking voluntary compliance by those who are driving. The second is by advertisement connected with several different agencies regarding the dangers and consequences of DWI. The final one is the advertisement of intended enforcement actions.

“The detection aspect is covered by updated training to officers, as well as planned enforcement actions throughout the month,” Commander Smith said.

These planned enforcement actions include special operations, saturation patrols, directed patrols and sobriety checkpoints.

“During these types of operations, officers pay particular attention for motorists who might be operating under the slightest degree influence by alcohol, or unsafely operating under the influence of drugs,” Commander Smith said.

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Officers will also pay attention to open container laws as well as speeding, seatbelt and child restraint usage, and distraction by electronic devices.

“We look forward to good decisions being made when drinking and before driving, and we look forward to the opportunity to help keep the roads safe by removing intoxicated drivers,” Commander Smith said.