Campaign against drunken driving in New Mexico continues

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – Sobriety checkpoints and social media campaigns continue in New Mexico during a state-wide effort to end drunken driving.

State police spokesman Sgt. Chad Pierce says the ultimate goal of the checkpoints is to end drunken driving, which has long been an issue in the state.

This year the state launched a campaign with Mothers Against Drunk Driving that will use social media to publicly identify repeat offenders and judges who are routinely lenient.

The number of people killed in drunken driving incidents fell by 28 percent in 2015, when there were 122 DWI deaths, compared to 166 the year before.

Pierce said police will spend all of July conducting these operations and are using social media to alert the public about them in an effort to deter intoxicated people from driving.

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