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New Mexico Law Enforcement Training Program Course Schedule

For more than two decades, Safer has had the unique opportunity to work with New Mexico law enforcement agencies to promote various traffic safety initiatives, including the Operation DWI (ODWI) and Operation Buckle Down (OBD) programs.  In recent years, Safer has also provided agreement negotiation and technical support for other programs, such as STEP, Click It or Ticket (CIOT), and the "100 Days & Nights of Summer" campaign.  As of May 2009, 80 law enforcement agencies, including municipal, county, and tribal agencies), and each of the 12 New Mexico State Police districts participate in one or more of these programs. Outreach efforts include sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols, directed enforcement, and public education.

Based on national and local research, these programs are proven effective in influencing behavior.  According to the University of New Mexico Division of Government Research (UNM DGR), from 1990 to 2006, New Mexico's alcohol-involved fatal crash rate declined nearly 40%. The DGR also reports that in 2006, the state's seat belt use rate remained at 90%.  Increased seat belt use correlates with a significant decrease in serious injuries.

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