The Fourth of July holiday weekend has been called the most dangerous of holidays in America. This distinction stems from a combination of high volume traffic, alcohol related crashes, and other accidents. Each holiday, especially the Fourth of July, the New Mexico State Police puts extensive effort into increased patrol volume and community involvement to keep the roadways and public safe.
Over the entirety of the Fourth of July holiday weekend (July 1-4), the New Mexico State Police Uniform and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Bureaus conducted numerous operations, including DWI checkpoints, saturation patrols in communities, and commercial vehicle inspections and enforcement. The goal of the increased and targeted patrols was to ensure safe and responsible driving on New Mexico roadways.
This holiday weekend, New Mexico State Police officers arrested thirty-two (32) drunk drivers and handled four (4) alcohol-related crashes across the state. Officers issued over 3,000 citations and ten percent of those were seatbelt violations. There were two (2) fatal crashes investigated by State Police, one of which the lack of seatbelt usage contributed to the outcome.
Chief Kassetas noted, “We cannot underestimate the importance of our enforcement efforts throughout the state this holiday weekend. The New Mexico State Police is dedicated to keeping our highways and communities safe and our efforts this weekend impacted the state. So many accidents can be avoided if all will make a conscientious effort to be responsible and obey the laws.”
The New Mexico State Police will continue to provide increased patrols and checkpoints throughout the summer months enforcing safe driving during an overall busy season on the highways.