Albuquerque police increase DWI patrols for Fourth of July

Chief Gorden Eden
Chief Gorden Eden

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The city of Albuquerque is urging the public to prevent this Fourth of July from turning tragic.

The Albuquerque Police Department is running extra DWI patrols during the long weekend, making 14 DWI arrests over the past couple of days.

The chief says even though there are drunk drivers on the road, he is also seeing some positive trends.

“Where we’re seeing the increase, believe it or not, is in ride-sharing, and whether you use a designated driver or use Uber or Lyft, we encourage people to do that,” Police Chief Gorden Eden said.

If you see suspicious driving on the road, you can report it using the ENDWI app.

Of course, the other big risk on the Fourth of July is illegal fireworks.

Fireworks that say “caution” are legal, but the word “warning” means they’re illegal.

The public can report violations on the city’s 311 app. 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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