Santa Fe, New Mexico- This Labor Day weekend, be expecting to see increased volume of law enforcement patrolling with New Mexico State Police (NMSP) “Black and Whites,” along side with county and municipal law enforcement on Interstate 10. The patrols have stepped up their forces that will begin August 30 through September 2, 2013. The multi-state agencies will be spanned from California, all the way to Florida with full participation. The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) will support the need of NMSP by placing traffic notification alerting motorists of the DWI enforcement.
All media outlets are invited to attend the Press Conference for the kick off of this event. It scheduled to take place at the newly constructed Las Cruces (D4) State Police office located at 4055 Sonoma Ranch Blvd in Las Cruces, NM on Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 10:00 am.
Interstate-10 runs east to west in the southern most part of the United States. The Interstate spans approximately 2460 miles, with a portion of 164 miles through New Mexico.
Drivers: think twice about driving while intoxicated; driving without seatbelts; speeding and inattentive driving. If you plan on these types of driving patterns, more than likely you will have the pleasure of being in contact with one of the many New Mexico law enforcement agencies saturating I-10. Not only will I-10 be dotted with marked units, but if you look up; you will see NMSP aircraft support-ABLE6 assisting as well.
The New Mexico State Police took a different approach than the eight other states participating in this operation. NMSP offered the invite to other state, municipal, and county agencies. New Mexico is still plagued by lethal crashes that are associated with DWI, careless driving, and no seatbelts. With this aggressive approach New Mexico is taking, we are confident; Labor Day 2013 will be a safe one for traveling motorists on New Mexico’s I-10 stretch.
Other agencies working alongside NMSP are: NM Motor Transportation Police; Las Cruces Police Department; Luna County Sherriff’s Department; Hidalgo County Sherriff’s Department; and New Mexico Department of Transportation, to assist in I-10 road issues.
Department of Public Safety Cabinet Secretary Gorden Eden noted, “We are looking forward to teaming with law enforcement from across the country to insure that our roadways are safe during this Labor Day weekend. We want to make sure everyone reaches their destination safely. Our ultimate goal is to save lives this Labor Day weekend.”
New Mexico State Police Chief, Pete N. Kassetas stated “This Labor Day’s Interstate-10 project is designed to provide for a safe environment for traveling motorists on Interstate-10. State law enforcement agencies as well as local agencies have a common prerogative for this project: all motorists get to their destination safely. I’m confident this mission and goal will be accomplished with the show of force from the State Police, local agencies, and Highway Patrol Agencies across Interstate-10.”
Trent Doolittle, P.E. District One Engineer of the NMDOT stated. “The NMDOT in collaboration with NMSP, Motor Transportation Division, and local law enforcement are urging the public to drive safe and enjoy the holiday weekend. One death is always too many; therefore, please buckle up, reduce your speed, and avoid the use of your cell phone while driving.”
Secretary Tom Church of the NM Department of Transportation stated, “The NMDOT is increasing our support of Law Enforcement this weekend to reduce accidents and fatalities on our roadways- drive safe and please encourage your family and friends to slow down, buckle up and drive sober- not just this Labor Day weekend but every day.”
Below are some tips to ensure travelers arrive safely at their destination:
- Get plenty of rest before setting out on a long trip and allow plenty of time to reach your destination;
- Buckle up. A seatbelt is your vehicle’s most important safety feature;
- Obey all speed limits;
- Drive sober and alert;
- Eliminate driver distractions such as texting, talking on the phone, adjusting the stereo, etc.
Anything that can take your eyes off the road, even a second, can lead to an accident.
- Take steps before you leave to prepare your vehicle for the trip i.e. checking tire pressure/condition and fluid levels.
Drivers, please travel safe!
Contact: Sergeant Emmanuel Gutierrez