During the Independence Day holiday, the New Mexico State Police participated in the Combined Accident Reduction Effort (CARE) operation across all roadways within the state.
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, and, thus, reduce the number of crashes and increase motorist safety.
State Police provided an increased patrol presence during this initiative on roadways throughout all State Police districts. Because of the increased volume of traffic during the holiday, State Police conducted high intensity traffic operations statewide on the busiest travel days of the Independence Day holiday, specifically Wednesday July 3 through Thursday July 4.
Operations over the holiday resulted in State Police officers:
- Issuing about 1,500 traffic citations (100 citations for lack of seat belt usage);
- Arresting 14 drunk drivers;
- Handling 42 crashes, (none fatal); and
- Arresting nine indivduals for drug related crimes.
The Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Bureau:
- Conducted more than 126 commercial vehicle inspections; and
- Issued approximately 88 commercial vehicle citations.
The safety of motorists is a top priority of the New Mexico State Police and officers will continue holiday travel operations throughout the year. NMSP encourages the public to drive safely and obey all laws while traveling the motorways of New Mexico.