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State Police cite SENM traffic violators Labor Day weekend

New Mexico State Police issued 225 traffic tickets in Eddy, Lea and Chaves counties Labor Day weekend during the Combined Accident Reduction Effort (C.A.R.E.) operation.

Officer Ray Wilson, New Mexico State Police spokesperson, said officers across New Mexico participated in C.A.R.E.

“The goal of the traffic initiative is to increase motorist safety and reduce the number of crashes through a strong law enforcement presence,” he said.

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Wilson said increased traffic across New Mexico prompted increased State Police presence along New Mexico roadways during Labor Day weekend Sept. 4 through Sept. 6.

Southeast New Mexico officers reported one traffic crash during Labor Day weekend, Wilson said.

Officers wrote five seatbelt citations and cited 28 tractor-trailer violators and conducted 34 semitrailer inspections, according to Wilson.

Traffic travels down U.S. Highway 285 in Artesia on Sept. 9, 2021. New Mexico State Police patrolled major highways in Southeast New Mexico Labor Day weekend and wrote 225 tickets.

No traffic deaths were reported in Eddy, Chaves or Lea counties.

In New Mexico, officers issued over 1,700 traffic citations, read a New Mexico State Police news release.

Officers wrote 45 tickets for lack of seat belt use across the State.

Fifteen drunk drivers were arrested across New Mexico during the C.A.R.E. operation and 35 crashes were investigated along one traffic death, read the release.