ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Consider it a case of dueling data sets, of one group of numbers not telling the whole story. And consider it the latest bad news when it comes to DWI in New Mexico – particularly Albuquerque.
“City’s DWI vehicle seizures plummet,” said the front-page headline Oct. 18. Ryan found that number of vehicles seized by the city shrank from 1,976 vehicles in 2010 to 778 in the 2017 fiscal year, which ended in June. Fewer city cops, tougher DWI penalties and ride-sharing options were cited as possible reasons.
And that prompted speculation that perhaps the world and New Mexico had changed, that fewer people are driving drunk, that more are designating drivers and taking Uber or Lyft.