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During the Thanksgiving holiday, the New Mexico State Police participated in the Combined Accident Reduction Effort (CARE) operation across all roadways within the state.

The goal of the traffic initiative is that a strong law enforcement presence will have a direct effect on the driving behaviors of motorists during the holiday weekend and, thus, reduce the number of wrecks and increase motorist safety.

The NMSP provided an increased patrol presence during this initiative on roadways throughout all NMSP districts. Because of the increased volume of traffic during the holiday, the NMSP conducted high-intensity traffic operations statewide on the busiest travel days of the Thanksgiving weekend, specifically Wednesday, Nov. 21, through Sunday, Nov. 25.

Operations over the holiday resulted in officers issuing about 5,233 traffic citations (159 citations were for lack of seatbelt usage) and arresting 59 drunk drivers statewide. Officers handled a total of 49 wrecks, one fatal wreck, and made eight arrests due to drug-related crimes. The Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Bureau issued approximately 341 commercial vehicle citations and conducted more than 571 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 upcoming winter season,” said public information officer Dusty Francisco. “We encourage the public to drive safely and obey all laws while traveling the motorways of New Mexico.”