State Police: No Labor Day DWI fatalities

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Crime: LAPD nets one DUI arrest over the long weekend

By Carol A. Clark

Police reported 16 local cases during Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 2 through Sept. 5.
“We had the drug arrest in the court parking lot, one DUI, one burglary of money and a computer and three larcenies involving the theft of a bicycle, purse and patio table,” said Capt. Randy Foster.
Local cases also included an individual arrested on an outstanding warrant, four animal related calls, the towing of an unregistered vehicle, a domestic disturbance call and three traffic crashes, he said.
“Our officers also conducted 55 traffic stops over the weekend that resulted in 12 citations,” Foster said.
The New Mexico State Police report “very successful statewide traffic enforcement operations over the Labor Day Weekend.”  
“These operations produced outstanding statistical data; the most important was zero fatal crashes investigated,” stated NMSP spokesman Tim Johnson.   
The following statistical data was produced throughout the state during the weekend:

• Fatal crashes – 0
• Alcohol-related crashes – 9
• Total crashes – 43
• DWI arrests – 49
• Hazardous citations – 1,866
• Adult restraint citations – 190
• Child restraint citations – 52
• Motorist assists – 168

“Although the above statistical data is important, the lives potentially saved as a result of these operations have a further reaching impact on the citizens of New Mexico, and those traveling through our state,” Johnson said. “The most important above noted statistic is the zero in the category for fatal crashes investigated. The New Mexico State Police did not investigate a single fatal accident in the State of New Mexico.”    
Law enforcement operations began at 12:01 a.m., Friday Sept.  2 and ran through 11:59 p.m. Monday Sept. 5.  
“State Police officers throughout the state worked to insure that motorists arrived safely at their destinations,” Johnson said. “The New Mexico State Police will continue to show a strong presence on the heavily-traveled roadways of New Mexico.”
The National Safety Council estimated traffic fatalities across the nation during the holiday period would hit 400. While the final numbers aren’t yet compiled, NSC statistical data shows 487 traffic fatalities occurred in 2006, 508 traffic fatalities in 2007, 473 traffic-related deaths in 2008 and 351 vehicle crash-related deaths in 2009.