Department of Corrections to fight drunk driving

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – The New Mexico Department of Corrections is set to announce a new program aimed at combatting drunken driving in the state.

Correction officials are scheduled Wednesday to unveil a new partnership with various law enforcement agencies on battling DWI in New Mexico.

State records show there are almost 500 people serving prison time in New Mexico for DWI-related convictions. Around 100 of those were convicted of vehicular homicide or causing great bodily harm.

Preliminary numbers show New Mexico saw 133 fatal alcohol-related crashes last year, a nearly 14 percent drop from 2012. That’s the lowest number of annual alcohol-related traffic deaths recorded in the state and marked a 38 percent decline from a decade ago.

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