Created: 01/01/2014 5:28 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4
New Mexico State Police say more checkpoints, more prosecutions and increased patrols are paying off.
“Having so many state police officers on the road last night, along with Motor Transportation Department officers, I think people realize we're taking this seriously and they felt our presence out there,” NMSP Sgt. Damyan Brown said.
They say New Year’s Eve – typically one of the biggest drinking holidays – was pretty quiet this year. NMSP arrested seven people for DWI, comparable with five last year. With Albuquerque Police and Bernalillo County Sheriff’s deputies arrests’ added in, more than twenty people were booked into the Metropolitan Detention Center for drinking and driving.
Thankfully, state police say no serious accidents were caused by alcohol.
“That was our main goal last night - to prevent any kind of tragedy happening to the innocent people of New Mexico who are just trying to enjoy the holiday,” Brown said.
Overall, there were 4,003 DWI arrests in Bernalillo County for 2013. That’s almost eleven a day. It sounds like a lot, but there is some good news. Records show a slow but steady decline in the number of DWI arrests per year.