New Mexico police prepare for holiday weekend

New Mexico State Police

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The state is issuing a friendly reminder: don’t drink and drive this holiday weekend because the next notice won’t be so friendly.

State police and officers across the state are still cracking down on drunk drivers with their 100 days and nights of summer. Earlier this year, they announced they were bumping up patrols to keep drivers safe, especially during the summer when families are on the road.

New Mexico State Police Chief Pete Kassetas warned people who will be drinking this weekend.

“Think twice before drinking and driving, otherwise, those fine men and women will find you a place to stay for the weekend and it’s not the Holiday Inn,” said Kassetas.

Governor Susana Martinez is encouraging people to make smart choices as well.

“Get a cab, crash on someone’s sofa, call a friend that you know hasn’t been drinking, have a designated driver,” said Governor Martinez. “It doesn’t cost anything to do those things.”

So far this year, 157 people have died driving in New Mexico and 72 of those accidents involved alcohol.

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