One Friday evening in November, 40 police officers and sheriff’s deputies hit the streets and highways of northern New Mexico. They were patrolling for speeders and drunk drivers. In five hours, these officers issued 387 citations and arrested 3 drunk drivers. The special saturation patrol is intended to remind drivers to slow down, buckle up and drive sober.
“Please drive carefully, drive sober, buckle up and slow down. Enjoy the holidays with your family and friends and show them you care by not letting them drive while impaired," said Lupe Sanchez, Santa Fe County DWI Program Coordinator.
Operation Northern Safety is a joint effort between Santa Fe and Rio Arriba County DWI Programs, Santa Fe and Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Offices, Santa Fe and Española City Police, State Police, Pojoaque, Santa Clara and Ohkay Owingeh tribal police.
This holiday season, set your cruise control at the speed limit because there are police everywhere.
These operations will continue throughout the year so that we all can Arrive Alive.