SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – Gov. Susana Martinez says law enforcement across the state is stepping up patrols over the holiday season to crack down on drunken driving.
She says state police officers will be placed every 20 miles along Interstate-40 over the Thanksgiving weekend to patrol for drunken drivers, and to catch other traffic violations. The boost in officers on the highway is part of a nationwide project that other state highway patrols and police in the U.S. are participating in.
She says that during last year’s “holiday superblitz,” officers in the state made almost 300 arrests. About 125 of those arrests were for driving while under the influence. More than half of those arrests – or 172 total – were drug related.