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Stopping DWI is a shared responsibility

New Mexico has a drunken driving problem. And it’s up to all of us to stop it.

At the state Department of Transportation, ending DWI is a priority. That’s why we’ve launched various initiatives to crack down on it – like finding and arresting dangerous DWI offenders who are running from the law, and a program that sheds light on how the courts handle drunken driving cases.

Our latest campaign highlights the dangers of over-serving someone alcohol – whether it’s a waiter or bartender.

The campaign includes TV ads and educational materials for establishments to share with their customers. In addition, we rolled out a powerful video that anyone serving alcohol will have to watch during their training.

This ensures servers understand the impact of their decisions.

We also work with other state agencies and law enforcement to crack down on establishments that break the rules and over-serve their customers.

In the last year, law enforcement issued about 75 citations to establishments that over-served. I urge owners and servers to recognize just how dangerous it is to keep pouring for someone who is already drunk.

But it’s not just law enforcement’s job to stop drunken driving. And not just a server’s job. We all share the responsibility.

When you drink, don’t drive. Call a friend. Ride with Uber or Lyft. Or stay where you are.

If you suspect a driver is drunk, dial #DWI.

At our department, we will continue educating New Mexicans of the dangers and work with law enforcement as they crack down on drunken driving.

We need your help.

Make the decision now to never drive drunk. Servers – make the decision now to stop pouring for someone who has already had too much to drink.

And if a bartender refuses to give you another drink, be grateful – they may have just saved your life and others’.

We can all end DWI. But it takes all of us.

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