Rebecca Craig/The Daily TimesCasey Malone of the Farmington Police Department works at a DWI checkpoint on August 23, 2009.
Rebecca Craig/The Daily Times Casey Malone of the Farmington Police Department works at a DWI checkpoint on August 23, 2009.
FARMINGTON — More law enforcement officers are patrolling San Juan County streets looking for drunken drivers and starting on Friday, DWI checkpoints in San Juan County are scheduled to increase.

Local police agencies say they are increasing DWI patrols and will organize multiple DWI checkpoints in San Juan County for the rest of the year.

New Mexico State Police have northwest New Mexico DWI checkpoints planned for Dec. 7, 8, 14 and 21, Sgt. Ron Foreman said in a news release. Three of the checkpoints will be in San Juan County and one will be in Rio Arriba County.

Foreman said the checkpoints are designed to catch drunken drivers and make the highways safer.

Police don't disclose where and when the checkpoints will be. They do not have jurisdiction to set up DWI checkpoints within Indian reservations.

Farmington police Sgt. Dave Monfils said they are scheduled to participate in eight DWI checkpoints before the end of the year. The next checkpoint will be sometime Friday and will include multiple agencies, he said.

The San Juan County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Scott Facka said in a prepared statement that the agency started increasing its DWI patrols on Nov. 16 as part of the state of New Mexico's "Winter Superblitz."

A "Superblitz" is a statewide program that gives law enforcement agencies additional funds to increase DWI enforcement at certain times of the year.

The sheriff's office will have additional patrols through Jan. 3, Facka said.


It's common for law enforcement agencies to boost patrols and actively search for drunken drivers this time of year, Monfils said.

"During the holidays, people get together with family and there's often alcohol," he said. "We just want to make sure people are responsible."