‘Angels in Black’ look to stop DWI

Angela Peacock

Educating citizens about the effects and dangers of excessive drinking and driving is how New Mexico’s “Angels in Black” will be spending their Memorial Day weekend.
Over the upcoming holiday, New Mexico State Police officers will host the state-wide Angels in Black campaign designed to educate the public about irresponsible alcohol use. A major portion of the campaign will focus on drink and driving.
Many first-time DWI offenders are responsible adults who just haven’t had enough education about blood alcohol concentration, according to a state police department press release. So, the NMSP will distribute Guardian Angel test strips and educational cards state-wide during the campaign.
The test strips allow drivers to test their own blood alcohol content, while the cards will contain important information about BAC and DWI.
NMSP Lt. Nathan Wallace in Tucumcari said people don’t have enough education about putting mind-altering substances into their bodies.
“Other than law enforcement going to schools from time to time who actually teaches people about the effects of alcohol?” Wallace said “Our overall goal is to reduce accidents and keep people alive.”
Though the Angels in Black campaign is focusing more on awareness and education, Wallace said officers will continue to enforce the same practices they do for all Superblitz operations.
“These projects are designed with the hope that nobody will choose to drink and drive, or if they do drink they’ll stay put or have a designated driver,” Wallace said.
The Memorial Day weekend also kicks off the first Combined Accident Reduction Effort (CARE) operation, a national endeavor where state police and highway patrol agencies from across the nation focus efforts and resources to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities.

Awareness Activities List
o 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. May 23 — There will be one officer on every 10 miles of Interstate 40 near Santa Rosa and Tucumcari as well as a saturation patrol on U.S. 70 near Clovis.
o 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. May 24 — Saturation patrols on U.S. 60/84 near Clovis, on S.R. 469 near San Jon and U.S. 84 near Fort Sumner.
o 8 a.m. to noon May 24 — Saturation patrols on U.S. 54 near Ute Lake.
o 4 to 8 p.m. May 24 — Saturation patrols on U.S. 60 near Fort Sumner.
o 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 25 — Saturation patrols on S.R. 109 near Tucumcari and U.S. 60 near Santa Rosa.
o 8 to 10 p.m. May 25— Saturation patrols on U.S. 60/70/84 near Clovis
o 10 p.m. until midnight May 25 — Saturation patrols on U.S. 70 near Clovis.
o 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 26 — Saturation patrols on U.S. 60/84 near Melrose and U.S. 70 near Portales
o 8 p.m. until midnight May 26 — Saturation patrols on Interstate 40 near Santa Rosa and Tucumcari.