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: