Officers throughout the state, including those from the Belen Police Department, patrolled the streets and roads of New Mexico throughout July, making sure New Mexicans were driving safely and soberly.
There were 53 people who died on the roads of New Mexico in July of 2001 — and 31 of those fatalities involved alcohol.
“Most crashes are preventable,” said Lt. Mike Chavez of the Belen Police Department. “That’s why we call them crashes and not accidents. In most crashes, if someone had just done one thing differently, the collision wouldn’t have happened.”
The Belen Police Department wants to remind all drivers that seatbelts are the best and easiest way to prevent an injury or fatality resulting from a traffic crash. So remember, get a designated driver if you are planning to drink, buckle up and buckle up your children.
The Belen Police Department works in partnership with the Traffic Safety Bureau, a division of the New Mexico Highway and Transportation Department, to enforce the state’s driving laws and encourage New Mexicans to drive safely.