Southeast New Mexico traffic violators cited during Memorial Day

New Mexico State Police wrote tickets for traffic violators across New Mexico during Memorial Day weekend.

New Mexico State Police cited scores of traffic violators in Southeast New Mexico and other parts of the State Memorial Day Weekend during the Combined Accident Reduction Effort (C.A.R.E.) operation.

Officer Ray Wilson, New Mexico State Police spokesperson, said the goal of the traffic initiative was to increase motorist safety and reduce the number of crashes through a strong law enforcement presence.

He said officers increased patrol presence across all State Police districts from May 29 through May 31.

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Wilson said over 1,800 citations were written across New Mexico during the three-day period.

He said 116 citations were for lack of seat belt usage and 18 drunk drivers were arrested statewide. 

“Officers handled a total of 37 crashes, with none being fatal, and made 10 arrests due to drug-related crimes,” Wilson said.

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He said officers wrote a combined 291 citations in Eddy, Lea and Chaves counties.  

Wilson said officers reported four crashes with no deaths and 30 tickets were written for seatbelt violations.

He said officers inspected 44 tractor-trailer rigs and issued 56 citations.

Across New Mexico, Wilson said officers wrote nearly 120 tickets for tractor-trailer violations and over 300 semitrailers were inspected.

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Wilson said other C.A.R.E. operations are set for Fourth of July weekend, Labor Day, and Thanksgiving.

“New Mexico State Police wants all travelers in and through the State to have a safe trip,” he said.