NM police make 38 DWI arrests over holiday weekend

March 20, 2012 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police say they arrested more than three dozen people on suspicion of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs over the St. [auth] Patrick’s Day weekend.

Lt. Robert McDonald says there were 38 arrests in all, some of which resulted from the 15 sobriety checkpoints law enforcement officers conducted throughout the state.

Officers were also out conducting saturation patrols from Thursday through Sunday as part of a mini-superblitz announced last week by Gov. Susana Martinez.

McDonald says checkpoints have been an effective tool in New Mexico for two decades. Drivers who appear to be impaired are pulled over for further testing. For sober drivers, he says the interruption is usually minimal.

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