Written by Officer Ray Wilson 09/07/2021
New Mexico State Police Participate in C.A.R.E. Operation over the Labor Day Weekend
Statewide, NM – During the Labor Day weekend, the New Mexico State Police participated in the Combined Accident Reduction Effort (C.A.R.E.) operation across all roadways within the state. The goal of the traffic initiative is to increase motorist safety and reduce the number of crashes through a strong law enforcement presence.
Because of the increased volume of traffic during the holiday, NMSP increased its patrol presence during this initiative on roadways throughout all State Police districts on the busiest travel days of the Labor Day weekend, specifically Saturday, September 4th, through Monday, September 6th, 2021.
The operation resulted in State Police officers issuing over 1,700 traffic citations (45 citations were for lack of seat belt usage) and arresting 15 drunk drivers statewide. Officers investigated a total of 35 crashes, with one being fatal. The Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Bureau issued 75 commercial vehicle citations and conducted over 260 commercial vehicle inspections.
The safety of motorists is a top priority of the New Mexico State Police and officers will continue holiday travel operations throughout the year. We encourage the public to drive safely and obey all laws while traveling the motorways of New Mexico.