ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Independence Day is Thursday, and while law officers watch for drunken drivers, firefighters are on alert for illegal fireworks.
In Bernalillo County you'll see plenty of sobriety checkpoints today through the weekend.
As of the end of May 119 people had died on New Mexico highways this year, 58 of them in crashes involving alcohol, according to the state Department of Transportation.
While using a designated driver is a good idea, AAA has a free Tipsy Tow service for drivers who've had a little too much to drink. It starts at 6 p.m. Wednesday and goes through midnight Thursday.
Call (800) 222-4357 (800-AAA-HELP), and you and your car will get a free ride home for 10-miles.
Also this 4th of July celebration fireworks and campfires are banned on state lands.
State Land Commissioner Ray Powell announced the ban in March.
And on Tuesday Gov. Susana Martinez urged residents not to use any fireworks at all due to the danger of wildfires. Instead she urges attending any of the number of professional fireworks shows around the state to celebrate.
In Albuquerque the Freedom Fourth celebration is being held at Balloon Fiesta Park with ABQ Ride running shuttles from St. Pius X High School on the West Side and Coronado Center on the east. The service starts at 3 p.m. with buses departing the park after the fireworks show.
The Albuquerque Fire Department, which annually responds to dozens of fireworks-related fires, has set up a hotline to report illegal fireworks. The special number, staffed from 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, is 833-7335.
The AFD number for reporting illegal fireworks the rest of the year is 833-7390.
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