Labor Day weekend yields increased DWI arrests around the country — the same holds true for San Juan County in New Mexico.
A total of 22 people were arrested “on suspicion of drunken driving” over the weekend, according to the New Mexico-based Daily Times.
Deputies from the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office arrested eight suspected drunken drivers from Saturday through Monday. The Farmington Police Department arrested 12 people, and New Mexico State Police arrested two drivers in San Juan County.
… Farmington police Sgt. David Karst said his department recently trained all of its patrol officers to recognize the signs of intoxication and on how to administer field sobriety exercises. Previously, only the department’s DUI unit was trained to enforce laws prohibiting drunken driving.
“Over the weekend, we focused on a lot of heavy-saturation patrols,” Karst told the Daily Times. “We focused patrols in areas where we had high numbers of DUI crashes and high areas of DUI arrests.”
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