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 (http://bit.ly/1fQWz9q ). 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