The first 10-day Operation DWI (ODWI) blitz was held in December 1993 with 49 participating law enforcement agencies (city, county, tribal, university, and each of the 13 New Mexico State Police Districts). Analysis by the Epidemiology Office of the Department of Health showed a significant reduction in DWI crashes and crash deaths during blitz months (27%) compared to non-blitz months (9%).
According to statistics from the University of New Mexico Division of Government Research, the number of alcohol-involved fatalities in New Mexico declined by nearly 40% between 1990 and 2006. Research indicates that public education, combined with highly visible law enforcement, is a powerful tool in decreasing the number of people who drink and drive.
According to University of New Mexico Division of Government Research, in 2007:
42% of all fatal crashes involved alcohol.
5% of all crashes involved alcohol.
A person died in an alcohol-involved crash every 50 hours.
A person was injured in an alcohol-involved crash every 5 hours.
An alcohol-involved crash occurred every 3
47% of all alcohol-involved fatal crashes occurred on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.
40% of all alcohol-involved crashes happened on Friday or Saturday.
More alcohol-involved crashes occurred between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. than any other hour on weekdays.
With the assistance of New Mexico law enforcement personnel, Safer tracks the numbers of DWI arrests and the numbers of other arrests made as a result of Operation DWO and Operation Buckle Down enforcement efforts. Data is then compiled into summary reports for evaluation and tracking purposes.
To download an Adobe Acrobat PDF document click on the desired monthly report below:
Operation DWI Reports
* Monthly reports are posted near the 15th of the following month.