Holiday SuperBlitz runs through early January

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By Carol A. Clark

The “Winter SuperBlitz” has kicked off and will run through the holiday season to include Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. The blitz is scheduled to run through Jan. 4.

“We want New Mexicans to feel safe on the roadways this holiday season and through coordinated law enforcement efforts across the state, our communities will be safer,” said Gov. Bill Richardson in a release. “Law enforcement will be out in force during the winter holidays to stop motorists who put others in danger by driving drunk, speeding or failing to use seatbelts.”

Each year the state provides some $2.3 million in federal traffic safety money to more than 85 local, state, and tribal enforcement agencies for increased DWI patrols.

Additionally during the SuperBlitz, local enforcement agencies will conduct multi-agency operations.

“Our officers will be conducting saturation checkpoints throughout the holiday season,” Los Alamos Police Capt. Randy Foster said. “The LAPD wants to ensure that the entire community enjoys a safe holiday season.”

Other examples of stepped-up enforcement include Rio Rancho Police Department, which will conduct DWI operations over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and DWI checkpoints every Friday and Saturday night during the month of December. The Sandoval County DWI Task Force, which includes nine local enforcement agencies, will conduct multi-agency operations throughout the SuperBlitz period. And the Sandoval County DWI & Prevention Program who will provide “safe ride home” services to patrons of Rio Rancho establishments every weekend in December.

New Mexico DWI Czar Rachel O’Connor thanked law enforcement agencies and community initiatives across the state  for their “tremendous” effort this year to curb drunk driving.

 “This holiday season we can expect to see cops and checkpoints everywhere, O’Connor said, and our alert citizens calling #DWI to report dangerous drivers.”