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The Artesia Police Department is making the public aware of its focus on crimes related to drunk driving and underage drinking in January.

“The risk of ignoring the problem is too great for the motoring public to ignore,” said Cmdr. Lindell Smith. “The concern of safety to those using the roads of the state, financial costs, and long-established issues silently encourage us to move forward with our intentions to aggressively enforce these types of statutes and ordinances, and to ask that they be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

The APD will be utilizing sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols, and special operations to enforce DUI and underage drinking laws.

“Please don’t drink and drive,” Smith urged.