Holiday arrests down across New Mexico

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By Carol A. Clark

State police working through the New Year’s holiday weekend were actively patrolling in all corners of the state. Officers encountered everything from motorist assists to DWI arrests.
Through these patrols, the following statistics were accumulated from district state police offices:

•Fatal motor vehicle crashes - 2       
• Motor vehicle crashes – 62        

• DWI arrests – 30

• Speeding citations  – 272                 

• Motorist Assists – 75

Locally there were no DWI arrests during the holiday period of Dec. 23 through Jan. 2, said Los Alamos Police Capt.      Randy Foster.
“We had a total of 38 cases during the holiday period, which resulted in five arrests including battery, a domestic, a resisting arrest, a warrant and a report to jail ordered by the judge,” Foster said.
“This shows an improvement over last year during the same time frame with 15 arrests, none of which included DWIs either.
In 2008, Los Alamos County had 14 arrests during this period and also had no DWIs.”
With the continued presence of officers on New Mexico roadways, the New Mexico State Police have and will continue to directly contribute to the state’s overall reduction in its national ranking, the department stated in a press release.
NMSP is calling upon New Mexico residents to assist in the reduction of crashes by making the right choices and not drinking and driving.
With the assistance of residents and the New Mexico media outlets getting the word out, NMSP said everyone will experience a safer New Mexico.