Rio Rancho police initiative encourages people to report drunk drivers

Rio Rancho police car

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE) – Rio Rancho police have introduced a new effort to stop drunk drivers, and it starts with you.

When a member of the community calls in a suspected drunk driver and police find them leading to an arrest, the person who called it in will receive a letter of appreciation from the department, as well as an official DWI unit pin. It’s the same pin the DWI unit officers wear every single day.

“It’s an important goal. We can’t find all the drunk drivers out there at all given times, so that relationship with our community to alert us and make us aware of these problems makes us so that we can get to that potential offender quicker before they have a chance to harm themselves or others,” Lt. Ken Willey said.

If you spot a suspected drunk driver, Rio Rancho Police say the best number to call is their non-emergency line at 505-891-7226. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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