The State of New Mexico is cracking down on drivers- and, this time, it's not just truckers they're after! The 100 Days and Nights of Summer campaign is an effort by the State of New Mexico Department of Transportation and New Mexico State Police to reduce auto fatalities by 25 percent in 2008. According to New Mexico DOT, summertime is the deadliest time of the year on New Mexico roads.
The focus of the 100 Day blitz are DWI, seat belt use and reckless driving. The bottom line: slow down, buckle up and don't drink and drive. This is one DOT blitz truckers ought to be happy about!
Truckers who see signs about "DOT Blitz" or "Check Point Ahead" or "100 Day Blitz" tend to get nervous. Especially when news of the signage comes on the heels of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) Roadcheck 2008. Truck drivers, who are already scrutinized on a regular basis, want to know if they should expect extra scrutiny during a 100 Day DOT Blitz. Drivers should always be prepared to encounter an unexpected inspection checkpoint, but, though truck inspections are always a possibility, these checkpoints are more for car drivers than for truckers. DOT is advertising the campaign in an effort to influence people's driving decisions.
Drinking and driving kills. In order to get drunk drivers off the road during the summer campaign, New Mexico law enforcement will set up more than 100 DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) check points. In addition to these check points, officers around the state are focusing on keeping drunk drivers off the road.
Seat Belt Use:
Love 'em or hate 'em, the laws of the State of New Mexico require seat belt use. Statistics show that seat belt use saves lives and keep people alive in accidents. Enforcement officers are on the look out for seat belts. Drivers who do not wear seat belts are subject to a fine and up to two points on their driving record.
Speeding or driving recklessly is always a bad idea, but a driver who does so in New Mexico during the 100 Days and Nights of Summer campaign is really asking for a ticket. Officers will be using radar and will be looking for unsafe or aggressive driving over the summer.
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