DWI fatalities decrease in NM

Updated: 03/13/2014 1:14 PM | Created: 03/13/2014 1:03 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed,

New data from the New Mexico Department of Transportation shows the number of DWI crashes in the state dropped by 38 percent over the past ten years.

At a press conference on Thursday, Gov. Susana Martinez said there were 133 deaths in 2013, which is down from 214 in 2003.

Martinez credits the state's End DWI campaign and tough enforcement with bringing the numbers down.

"We won't stop and we will not back off, we have to continue to work on it to bring those fatalities to zero," she said.

Richard Woodward, whose great-grandson was killed by an impaired driver, reacted to the new statistics at the press conference.

"Impaired driving, whether through alcohol or drugs, has always been an issue in our state, and I'm glad that New Mexico seems to be headed in the right direction," Woodward said.

According to the NMDOT data, impaired driving deaths have declined by 16 percent in the past year alone. In 2012, there were 367 traffic deaths. Last year, there were 306.

Martinez also said deaths from crashes not involving alcohol have decreased.

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