New Mexico DWI Arrests in 2000

Summary:  DWI enforcement levels in New Mexico have been declining in recent years, and the reduction appears to contribute to reduced progress at reducing alcohol-related crash deaths.  Changes in Bernalillo County are especially marked, primarily reflecting various policy changes and special operations of the Albuquerque Police Department.  Examining the rest of the State separately provides some additional insights. 

 

NM Statewide DWI Arrests and Alcohol-related Crashes,
January-May 2000 and prior years.

At this writing the most recent complete data on 2000 DWI arrests in New Mexico covers the period from January-May.  The counts show DWI arrests at their lowest levels since 1989, comparing to January-May in each prior year since 1985. 

Year

Jan-May
DWI Arrests

Jan-May Alcohol-Related Crash Deaths

1985

8,520

97

1986

8,447

124

1987

7,770

113

1988

7,617

99

1989

7,713

117

1990

8,973

106

1991

8,891

93

1992

8,567

108

1993

10,080

92

1994

10,675

74

1995

9,439

87

1996

9,102

94

1997

8,757

80

1998

8,463

85

1999

8,433

71

2000

8,080

86

Graphing the arrest trends against the Highway Department's counts of  alcohol-related traffic deaths for January-May of those same years shows interesting patterns.  Note that the big increase in arrests in 1994 corresponds to a sharp drop in crash deaths, and that the subsequent decreases in arrests correspond to increases.  Fortunately, the August 1998 closure of drive-up window sales of alcohol helps reduce the effects of general decline in DWI arrests during Governor Johnson's terms.

 

Bernalillo County DWI Arrests and Alcohol-related Crashes,
January-May 2000 and prior years.

At this writing the most recent data on 2000 DWI arrests in Bernalillo County covers the period from January-May.  The counts show DWI arrests at their lowest levels since 1986, comparing to January-May in each prior year since 1986. 

Year

Jan-May
DWI
Arrests

Jan-May
Alcohol-Related
Crash Deaths

1986

3,184

29

1987

2,851

21

1988

2,928

20

1989

2,815

16

1990

3,566

14

1991

3,355

16

1992

2,504

23

1993

3,152

16

1994

3,221

16

1995

2,680

18

1996

2,401

21

1997

2,483

21

1998

2,802

9

1999

2,614

12

2000

2,337

12

Graphing the arrest trends against the Highway Department's counts of  Bernalillo County alcohol-related traffic deaths for January-May of those same years shows even stronger patterns.  Note that the big increases in arrests in 1990, 1993, and 1998 correspond to drops in crash deaths, and that the decreases in arrests in 1992, 1995, 1996, and 1999 correspond to increases.  

 

NM Outside Bernalillo County --  DWI Arrests and Alcohol-related Crashes, 
January-May 2000 and prior years.

For New Mexico DWI arrests Bernalillo County also are at low levels historically, comparing to January-May in each prior year since 1986. 

Year

Jan-May
DWI
Arrests

Jan-May
Alcohol-Related
Crash Deaths

1986

5,263

95

1987

4,919

92

1988

4,689

79

1989

4,898

101

1990

5,407

92

1991

5,536

77

1992

6,063

85

1993

6,928

76

1994

7,454

58

1995

6,759

69

1996

6,701

73

1997

6,274

59

1998

5,661

76

1999

5,819

59

2000

5,743

74

Graphing the arrest trends against the Highway Department's counts of  New Mexico alcohol-related traffic deaths outside Bernalillo County for January-May of those same years shows comparable trends.  Note that the big increases in arrests for 1990-1991 and 1993-1994 correspond to drops in crash deaths, and that the decreases in arrests in 1995, and 1998 correspond to increases. 

 


Arrest data is drawn by the DWI Resource Center from August 2000 NM Motor Vehicle Division records, as reprocessed by the UNM Division of Government Research for the .  Crash data is drawn from October 2000 records of the New Mexico Traffic Safety Bureau as processed by the UNM Division of Government Research for that agency.  2000 data is preliminary.

Last updated 13 Nov 2000