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Responding to Spikes in DWI, Santa Fe’s Enforcement, Treatment Communities Come Together to Raise Public Awareness

City, County, State Government, Community Care Advocates Launch Public Awareness Effort to Couple with Increases in Enforcement

Santa Fe New MexicoSanta Fe, NM – The City of Santa Fe is joining the ongoing state and county efforts to raise awareness and increase enforcement around a serious public health and safety concern: Driving While Intoxicated.

In recent weeks, a spike in serious accidents and arrests has raised concerns that the community is seeing a continued trend of increased drinking and driving. To address the issues proactively, the Santa Fe Police Department is immediately initiating an increased enforcement presence, working with enforcement partners the New Mexico State Police and the Santa Fe County Sheriff.

In addition, local government will partner throughout the summer with community agencies and service groups to re-assert the public conversation around the seriousness of this issue and the consequences, both human and legal, connected to making the fateful decision to get behind the wheel of a car while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

That effort will launch on Friday, at 10:00 AM, with a press conference at the site of one of Santa Fe’s most high-profile DWI fatality crashes, a March 2010 collision that took the lives of two young sisters, Deshauna and Delynne Peshlakai.

 

The press conference will highlight recent statistics, ongoing enforcement actions, and community resources for those struggling with drug and/or alcohol abuse that have the capacity to prevent these tragedies before they occur.

Law enforcement and elected officials will be joined by representatives from the State and County, as well as leaders from the treatment, recovery, and prevention community, to shine a spotlight both on the high consequences of driving under the influence and on important and available resources to help reduce the rates of addiction and abuse in Santa Fe.

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