Alcohol-related crashes down in Santa Fe County

January 20, 2014 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe County has seen the number of crashes involving alcohol drop sharply over the past year, and experts say that’s evidence New Mexico’s drunken-driving laws, police enforcement and education are making the state safer.

“It’s not noise. It’s not random. There is a real trend going on there,” ignition interlock advocate Tom Starke told The New Mexican ( ). Interlock devices allow people convicted of drunken driving to continue to drive when sober by measuring alcohol content in a person’s breath.

A report prepared by the Santa Fe Prevention Alliance shows the number of alcohol-related crashes decreased from 128 in 2012 to 106 last year. The number of DWI arrests was also down, and one Login to read more

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