SANTA FE (AP) - Statistics released by the National Highway Traffic SafetyAdministration show New Mexico has dropped out of the Top 10 innational rankings for drunken-driving fatalities.
New Mexico once had the worst DWI problem in the nation.
According to the report, New Mexico was 11th for the numberof DWI fatalities per 100,000 population in 2008. New Mexico rankedninth for DWI fatalities in both 2006 and 2007.
Gov. Bill Richardson says state officials and residents haveworked very hard to keep drunk drivers off streets and highways,and the rankings reflect progress.
The national study included any crash where a driver'sblood-alcohol level was .08 percent or higher.
Since taking office, Richardson's administration hasimplemented several anti-DWI initiatives, including increased lawenforcement, public awareness campaigns and making ignitioninterlocks mandatory after first-time convictions.
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An Albuquerque Police officer involved shooting over the weekend marks the fifth since late October and city officials are taking notice.
A woman was stolen from her daughter's car, a woman who died more than five years ago.
Albuquerque police shot and killed a man Sunday night after responding to an assault call near UNM.
Deputies were led on a chase around 4 p.m. Monday after a person called 911 to report their vehicle had been stolen and was being driven recklessly around Albuquerque.
New Mexico could have hundreds of millions of dollars more to spend as legislators get ready to put together next year's budget in the upcoming legislative session.
Organizers of the Gildan New Mexico Bowl are hoping to shed the disappointing attendance numbers that weighed down the event last year when the Colorado State Rams and the Washington State Cougars face off Dec. 21.