For Immediate Release,
May 31, 2023
Statewide, NM – During the Memorial 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 Memorial Day weekend, specifically Friday, May 26th, through Monday, May 29th, 2023.
The operation resulted in State Police officers issuing over 1,500 traffic citations (100 citations were for lack of seat belt usage) and arresting 14 drunk drivers statewide. Officers handled a total of 46 crashes, with 3 being fatal. The Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Bureau issued approximately 180 commercial vehicle citations and conducted over 200 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.