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Alcohol-related crashes down in Santa Fe County

Created: 01/20/2014 1:40 PM
By: The Associated Press

SANTA FE (AP) - Santa Fe County has seen the number of crashes involving alcohol drop sharply over the past year, and experts say that's evidence New Mexico's drunken driving laws, police enforcement and education are making the state safer.
    
Ignition interlock advocate Tom Starke tells The New Mexican there's a real trend going on.
    
The report prepared by the Santa Fe Prevention Alliance shows the number of alcohol-related crashes decreased from 128 in 2012 to 106 last year - a drop of 17 percent.
    
The number of DWI arrests was also down, and one less person died in a drunken driving crash in 2013 than the previous year.
    
Starke and others believe one factor is New Mexico's ignition interlock law, which mandates one of the devices for all DWI offenders. Another factor is city and county forfeiture laws.

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