Created: 05/09/2014 1:33 PM
By: The Associated Press
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) - Gov. Susana Martinez has outlined her commitment to boosting patrols along highways in southeastern New Mexico following a string of traffic fatalities in Eddy County.
The governor's move comes in response to a letter from Carlsbad city officials who voiced concerns about the growing problem.
In the heart of southern New Mexico's oil country, Eddy and Lea counties have been bustling in recent years thanks to the latest oil boom. That has resulted in housing shortages and more traffic on the highways.
Under the plan outlined by the governor, state police will assign an additional officer to Carlsbad in June and they plan to work more closely with local law enforcement.
The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports (http://bit.ly/1oyquDR ) state motor transportation police also plan more commercial vehicle inspections and enforcement.
Information from: Carlsbad Current-Argus, http://www.currentargus.com/
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