Drive Smart is a program spearheaded by Governor Susana Martinez that contains a number of initiatives to help reduce fatalities and injuries on New Mexico’s roads. Each initiative under the Drive Smart umbrella has its own action plans and campaigns.
Keeping our roads safe is Drive Smart’s ultimate mission.
"Stop the Pain"
Inundating our deadliest highways with law enforcement and deploying innovative patrol strategies to reduce alcohol-related deaths by catching drunk drivers and the establishments that over-serve them.
This operation will commence in December of 2015, and extend for several months. It will entail a surge of law enforcement officers on two of New Mexico’s deadliest highways – U.S. 64 between Bloomfield and Farmington and Interstate 40 between Gallup and Grants. Remarkably, 85 people died in traffic fatalities in just these two counties — San Juan and McKinley — alone in 2014, many of them alcohol-related; in fact, the alcohol-related fatalities in San Juan and McKinley counties are among the highest in the state. In addition to the increase in saturation patrols at targeted times on these highways, the New Mexico State Police will also deploy their Special Investigations Unit (SIU) to the region to track where every person arrested for DWI has been served their alcohol, in an effort to ensure proper compliance by serving establishments as well.
DWI Bench Warrant Roundups
The Governor has announced a new DWI Warrant Round-Up Program that will target DWI offenders who have avoided justice.
Many times, law enforcement does their job by arresting DWI offenders and taking them off of the streets, many of which have repeated their crimes. However, many of these DWI offenders have shown that they have no regard for the safety of their fellow New Mexicans and continue to put the lives of others at risk by not showing up for court or not following the conditions of their release from jail. Therefore, they don’t face the consequences of their terrible decision to drink and drive and are not held accountable to the citizens of New Mexico.
This program is designed to coordinate with the courts across New Mexico to identify those DWI offenders who have an outstanding bench warrant related to a DWI offense. New Mexico law enforcement, at different times throughout the year, will then track these offenders down, apprehend them, and bring them to justice.
The first operation will happen in December 2015 in Bernalillo County. Please check back and view the names and photographs of the individuals that have been rounded up by our dedicated law enforcement in an effort to keep our streets safe.
This program will go statewide in April 2016.
Court Monitoring & Sentencing Transparency
Placing New Mexicans in courtrooms to monitor the justice process as it relates to DWI cases in certain counties.
The court monitoring initiative places monitors in certain courtrooms throughout the State to watch the DWI adjudication process and provide information to the public about how DWI cases are being handled. Monitors attend DWI hearings in person and compile reports on how judges and others involved in the legal process are dealing with drunk drivers. Initially, the monitors will focus on Dona Ana, Bernalillo, Rio Arriba, McKinley, and San Juan Counties.
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Crackdown on Repeat Offender Absconders
Locating and arresting repeat DWI offenders or DWI offenders with violent criminal histories who have violated their parole and are now fugitives.
Under this initiative, Governor Martinez is directing New Mexico State Police and the Department of Corrections Absconder Unit to track down and arrest DWI offenders who have violated their parole and are now fugitives. Many of these offenders are also violent criminals who drove drunk and either seriously injured another driver or killed them, or are repeat offenders who are at high-risk for causing a tragedy to occur in the future.
These fugitives should be considered dangerous and might possibly be armed. Please call the New Mexico Corrections Department Response Center at 866-416-9867 or your local law enforcement agency with any information you may have as to the whereabouts of these individuals. For more information on an offender, visit our offender search at http://search.cd.nm.gov/
Top 10 Absconders
5’7” — 173 lbs
Offender # 468217
by vehicle while under influence of alcohol/drugs; persons under influence of intoxicating liquor/drugs
San Juan County