Driving while intoxicated can be defined as operating a vehicle after having consumed the amount of alcohol needed to raise an individual’s blood alcohol content level above the legal limit. This incredibly dangerous act has taken the lives of thousands of individuals each year, and continues to do so today. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “In 2015, 10,265 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, accounting for nearly one-third (29%) of all traffic-related deaths in the United States.” These shocking statistics shed light on how prevalent driving while intoxicated is throughout the country, which is why we will be discussing how DWIs continue to impact New Mexico annually.

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New Mexico’s DWI Problem

In a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it was found that New Mexico leads the nation in alcohol-related deaths. In fact, it was found that for every 100,000 New Mexico residents from 2006 to 2010, there was at least 1,570 years of potential life lost that can be directly attributed to alcohol. These staggering numbers are cause for concern, especially when considering that for every 100,000 New Mexico residents, more than 50 individuals will die from alcohol-related incidents.

What You Can Do About Driving While Intoxicated

Even though New Mexico leads the nation in alcohol-related deaths, there are many steps that you, your friends, and your family members can take to ensure that you never drive while intoxicated. For example, choosing a designated driver before consuming alcohol can greatly reduce the risk of DWI-related deaths.

Alternatively, using a transportation service, such as Uber, can help remove the risk of DWI-related accidents altogether. However, if you suspect that someone else on the road is driving while intoxicated, don’t hesitate to contact Drunk Busters, New Mexico’s hotline for reporting drunk driving. Removing drunk drivers from the road, and making others aware of the implications that come with driving drunk is the only way to curb such a widespread problem in our beautiful state.

If you are interested in learning more about how you can minimize the risks of driving while intoxicated, contact your local MVD Express and ask us about New Mexico’s “None for the Road” DWI awareness program. For all of your remaining motor vehicle needs, visit our website today to browse our full list of services, or get in touch with one of our friendly representatives. We look forward to speaking with you!