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NM deputies to watch for drunken drivers

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LAS CRUCES (AP) — Dona Ana County sheriff’s deputies are planning at least three sobriety checkpoints this month, with the first two being held during the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

The deputies will be looking for all types of violations, but the emphasis will be on intoxicated drivers.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Kelly Jameson also warned that New Mexico law allows for deputies to seizure the vehicles of people who have been convicted of multiple DWI offenses.

State police and law enforcement in the Santa Fe and Albuquerque areas are also planning to crack down Thursday on drunken drivers. More officers will be on patrol statewide.

State transportation officials say 119 people have died in highway accidents in New Mexico during the first five months of the year, and 58 of those deaths involved alcohol.

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