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DWI enforcement efforts begin for holiday season


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Law enforcement agencies will be out in force across New Mexico looking for drunk drivers as part of a holiday season safety campaign that also includes new radio and TV ads, the New Mexico Department of Transportation announced.

The law enforcement push runs through Jan. 4.

State Police Chief Tim Johnson said, “The Thanksgiving Holiday will soon be upon us. This is a joyful time of year that we spend with our family and friends, but it’s also among the busiest travel times of the year, with hundreds of thousands of motorist traveling in and through the state. That’s why my officers, from every corner of the state, will be out in full force ensuring the safety of motorist. Reminding those traveling in New Mexico to obey the speed limit, wear their seat belts, don’t drive distracted and don’t drink and drive.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 30 people die in drunk driving crashes every day in the United States. That’s one person every 48 minutes. Drunk driving crashes claim more than 10,000 lives per year, according to NHTSA. The state traffic safety division reports so far this year 92 people have been killed in alcohol-involved crashes in New Mexico.

New ENDWI ads begin airing today. They can be seen on youtube.com.

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