DWI arrests up for 2014 New Year holiday

January 2, 2014 • Local News

Law enforcement reported six arrests in Chaves County for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol over the New Year holiday, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.

Two incidents occurred in Roswell and four outside city limits.

Only one DWI occurred last year over the holiday, outside city limits, according to law enforcement.

Despite the higher volume of DWI arrests over the recent New Year, the Roswell Police Department saw fewer DWI incidences in 2013 than 2012.

RPD Spokeswoman Sabrina Morales said police arrested 117 people for DWI offenses in 2013, compared to 187 in 2012.

[auth] “We’d like to think the statistics reflect that the community understands the Roswell Police Department has a zero tolerance for offenders of the law,” Morales wrote in an email.

RPD ramped up coverage on New Year’s Eve with an extra six officers patrolling the streets in anticipation of an increase in the number of impaired drivers, according to RPD Sgt. Jim Preston.

Chaves County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Britt Snyder said CCSO encountered slightly more DWI cases this past year, with 48 DWI cases in 2013 and 42 in 2012.

Snyder commented of the recent holiday, “This was a bad New Year compared to years past. People are generally more responsible on New Year’s than most other nights, or at least that is what we have seen historically.”

CCSO had two DWI arrests over the New Year, according to Snyder. He said CCSO did not arrest anyone for DWI offenses when the county rang in 2013.

Department of Public Safety Spokesman Tony Lynn said state police have seen fewer DWIs in general over the past few years, but did not have annual data readily available.

“We think people are finally learning not to drink and drive,” he said.

State police arrested two for DWI in the county over the holiday.

Chaves County DWI program Prevention Specialist Diane Taylor said the county as a whole is seeing a long term downward trend in DWI incidents.

“It gives us hope and we’re so excited and proud,” she said.


DWI arrests by law enforcement agency

Roswell Police Department

Dec. 31, 2013: 0

Jan. 1, 2014: 2

Chaves County Sheriff’s Office

Dec. 31: 0

Jan. 1: 2

New Mexico State Police

Dec. 31: 2

Jan. 1: 0

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