New Mexico AG, anti-DWI advocates team up for safe rides

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – Attorney General Hector Balderas and Mothers Against Drunk Driving New Mexico are urging party-goers to plan ahead for St. Patrick’s Day and not drive after drinking.

Balderas says numerous options offered around the state include designated drivers, taxis and Safe Ride Home services.

He says it’s not worth endangering lives or getting stopped by law enforcement.

The director of MADD New Mexico, Ben Lewinger, says even one life lost due to an impaired driving crash is one too many.

Alcohol is involved in 40 percent of all deadly traffic crashes in New Mexico, making alcohol-related traffic fatalities the single largest factor in this state’s traffic deaths.

Officials say the ENDWI smartphone app lists all of the Safe Ride Home phone numbers available in New Mexico.

(Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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