NEW MEXICO STATE POLICE RELEASE NUMBERS FROM C.A.R.E EFFORT
NEW MEXICO (KSMX) – New Mexico State Police say they arrested nearly 60 drunk or impaired drivers during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The effort was part of an operation called CARE, which stands for Combined Accident Reduction Effort. The goal of the traffic initiative is that a strong law enforcement presence will have a direct effect on the driving behaviors of motorists during the holiday weekend and, thus, reduce the number of wrecks and increase motorist safety. Operations over the holiday resulted in officers issuing about 5,233 traffic citations and arresting 59 drunk drivers statewide. Officers handled a total of 49 wrecks, one fatal wreck, and made eight arrests due to drug-related crimes. The Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Bureau issued approximately 341 commercial vehicle citations and conducted over 571 commercial vehicle inspections.