For Immediate Release
July 5, 2022
New Mexico State Police Participate in Independence Day C.A.R.E. Operation
Statewide, NM – During the Independence Day holiday, 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 Independence Day weekend, specifically Saturday, July 2nd, through Monday, July 4th, 2022.
The operation resulted in State Police officers issuing over 1,200 traffic citations (74 citations were for lack of seat belt usage) and arresting 12 drunk drivers statewide. Officers investigated 10 crashes, with none being fatal. The Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Bureau issued 74 commercial vehicle citations and conducted over 70 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.