State po­lice so­bri­ety check­points con­tinue in Novem­ber

The Taos News - - LOCAL NEWS - By John Miller jmiller@taos­news.com

Driv­ers should con­tinue to ques­tion whether drink­ing one too many this Novem­ber would be a wise de­ci­sion be­fore hit­ting the road.

New Mex­ico State Po­lice have set up so­bri­ety check­points and con­ducted sat­u­ra­tion pa­trols to com­bat drunk driv­ing ev­ery month thus far this year; both will con­tinue this month, in­clud­ing in Taos County.

The check­points are fa­mil­iar to many New Mex­ico res­i­dents, re­quir­ing them to stop and com­ply with an of­fi­cer’s com­mands, re­gard­less of whether they’ve done any­thing wrong.

In 13 states, the prac­tice of stop­ping driv­ers with­out prob­a­ble cause has been out­lawed based on the Fourth Amend­ment to the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion or the state’s con­sti­tu­tion, ac­cord­ing to the Gov­er­nors High­way Safety As­so­ci­a­tion web­site.

If stopped in New Mex­ico, how­ever, driv­ers may be asked for the li­cense and reg­is­tra­tion. If an of­fi­cer sus­pects they may be un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol or drugs, state law al­lows them to con­duct a so­bri­ety test. And if a driver re­fuses test­ing, they can be charged with a crime, in­clud­ing ag­gra­vated DWI.

“We are bring­ing aware­ness to th­ese events in an ef­fort to re­duce al­co­hol-re­lated fa­tal­i­ties through con­tin­ued me­dia at­ten­tion and in­ten­sive ad­ver­tis­ing,” a press re­lease from state po­lice reads.

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