Wed. Apr 24th, 2024

New Mexico State Police issues statement on traffic stops pertaining to essential traveling

SANTA FE (KSMX)- There have been many reports of individuals from all around the state taking advantage of situations in the wake of the COVID-19 health emergency. Many different law officials have taken to Facebook to educate the public on false rumors, fraudulent reports or scams.

The New Mexico State Police have issued the following statement:

The New Mexico State Police has been made aware of rumors going around the state that law enforcement is making traffic stops to determine if a person is an essential worker or if their travel is essential.

This is FALSE.

The New Mexico State Police is not making traffic stops to ensure the public or their travel is considered essential. New Mexicans can leave their house while following the guidelines of the Emergency Public Health Order.

The order prohibits mass gatherings and says that groups can be no larger than five (5) people and you must maintain a six (6) foot distance between others.

“Our goal as a law enforcement agency is to protect those communities and the state in which we live. We are in this together and keeping everyone healthy is all our responsibility.” Said Tim Johnson, Chief of the New Mexico State Police. “I have mandated from the very beginning that my officers first educate the public about the importance of us all following the health order before taking any enforcement action. We will continue to perform this difficult task with professionalism, compassion and diligence”.

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