More officers out to catch drunk drivers Superbowl Sunday

DWI check point

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Superbowl Sunday is this weekend and law enforcement wants to remind drives not to drink and drive.

Multiple agencies, including State Police and APD, are putting more officers out to look for those who decide to get behind the wheel after drinking. APD officers will also have DWI check points set up.

“We’re hoping that the knowledge of extra officers and a checkpoint, that you could run into a checkpoint when you least expect it, where you least expect it, that will be a deterrent,” said APD Officer Tasia Martinez.

Drinking and driving is a big problem in New Mexico, and has been for a long time.

One woman whose husband was a victim and sole survivor of a drunk driving accident, says  while it’s nice to enjoy the game, she hopes people take extra precautions this weekend.

“People need to realize that giving up one night of drinking could save their lives, friends lives, a stranger’s life,” said Sandra Jiron.

Several local bars will be encouraging safe partying by offering designated drivers free soda and water during the game.

At the moment, Bernalillo County’s safe ride program Tavern Taxi will not be running on Sunday, but Albuquerque Cab Company says that may change.

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