State Police urge caution during summer travels

With the advent of summer in June, families and individuals will be packing their cars and hitting the road for vacation paradise.
The New Mexico State Police asks drivers to drive safely and soberly during the summer travel season.
Officers remind drivers and passengers that everyone in a motor vehicle is required by law to wear a seat belt or be placed in a child restraint while the vehicle is in motion.
“A seat belt is your best defense against injury or death in a motor vehicle crash,” said Officer Steve Mulkey of the New Mexico State Police. “With many additional drivers on the road this summer, all drivers need to be aware and cautious and never, ever drink and drive.”
There were 45 people killed in motor vehicle crashes during June of 2002, and 21 of those crashes involved alcohol, according to a New Mexico State Police press release.
State Police officers will join fellow officers from throughout New Mexico to make sure travelers and all New Mexicans are buckled up and driving safely and soberly, Mulkey said.
“One fatality is too many,” he said. “If you don’t stop drinking and driving, I will stop you.”

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