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DWI Super Blitz starts Friday

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By Carol A. Clark

This year’s holiday DWI Super Blitz kicks off Dec. 21, continuing through Jan. 6.Lt. Chuck Ney explained in an effort to make Los Alamos County roads safer for holiday travelers, officers from the Los Alamos County Police Department are ready to crack down on drunk drivers.The agency will conduct sobriety checkpoints on heavily traveled roads. They’ll also conduct saturation patrols aimed at detecting and arresting motorists who choose to drive after drinking.“Tragically, alcohol is often a factor in holiday crashes,” Ney said. “Many people travel to gatherings of family and friends during the holiday period and that is why stepped up DWI enforcement is critical during this time of year.During this year’s Super Blitz, officers will be out in force, and Ney said the public can help reduce the threat drunk drivers pose to motorists by calling the Drunk Busters hotline anytime they spot a suspected drunk driver. The number to call from a cell phone is simple: Pound-D-W-I, or Pound-3-9-4. The Drunk Busters program, now in its second year, has been very successful in encouraging individuals to take action to stop drunk driving, he said.“Citizens in Los Alamos also can call the Los Alamos County Police Dept directly at 662-8222 to report drunk drivers in our community,” Ney said. “We are working hard to reduce drunk driving in our area and we want to take this opportunity to thank members of our community for the tremendous support of these efforts.”LAPD Capt. Kevin Purtymun added, “Los Alamos is not immune from alcohol-related crashes and fatalities. These types of crashes affect us all and the more we work together, the safer we’ll all be.”Ney advises people to remember, “If you’ve been drinking don’t drive, and don’t ride with anyone who has been drinking either. Try not to let people you care about drive after drinking and if you see a drunk driver on New Mexico roadways - report them immediately. We want everyone to have a safe and happy holiday season.”