NM Corrections Dept. eyes blood drive in DWI fight

Created: 07/30/2014 3:46 PM
By: APNewsNow, Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The New Mexico Department of Corrections Secretary Gregg Marcantel is asking state residents to "shed blood" in the war against drunken driving.

Marcantel announced Wednesday the department was launching a statewide blood drive to call attention the physical pain DWI is causing the state. The drive drew various law enforcement agencies in New Mexico.

State records show there are almost 500 people serving prison time in New Mexico for DWI-related convictions. Around 100 of those were convicted of vehicular homicide or causing great bodily harm.

Marcantel said he got the idea for the blood drive after seeing the damaged patrol car of State Police Office Carlos Verdugo from a June DWI crash.

Verdugo survived but was he seriously injured and needed blood.

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