Posted at: 12/24/2012 8:01 AM
By: The Associated Press
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Law enforcement officers around New Mexico are out in full force watching for drunken drivers.
State transportation officials say officers are in the midst of their Winter Superblitz and drivers can expect increased patrols and more DWI checkpoints.
In Albuquerque, more than 20 officers are being assigned full time to look for drunken drivers throughout the city. Two checkpoints are planned within city limits before the end of the year.
A total of 75 people were nabbed in Bernalillo County during last year's holiday patrols.
Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry and Gov. Susana Martinez have been encouraging people not to drink and drive. They say the season should be a time to enjoy family and friends, not a time of mourning.
So far this year, state officials say 136 people have died in alcohol-related crashes.
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