Police Agencies Running DWI Checkpoints across Sandoval County

The Sandoval County DWI Task Force will set up checkpoints at different locations across the county between today and Sunday, May 24, 2015.

“We don’t want to disclose the locations or the times of the checkpoints,” said Diane Irwin, executive administrator of the county’s DWI and Prevention Program, “but they will be in different parts of the county.”

Officers working DWI checkpoints typically are paid overtime because they are working longer than normal shifts. Irwin said the county is applying funds from three separate state grants to pay officers for staffing the checkpoints. 

“The Rio Rancho Police Department is the lead agency for this operation, with strong backup from the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Department,” Irwin said. “This is just one example of how members of the county’s DWI Task Force work together to protect our communities.

The Sandoval County DWI Task Force is comprised of law enforcement representatives from Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office, Rio Rancho Police Department, Cuba Police Department, Corrales Police Department, Jemez Pueblo Police Department, Bernalillo Police Department, New Mexico State Police, Santa Ana Pueblo Police Department, Jemez Springs Police Department and Sandoval County Detention Center.

The Task Force meets every other month to plan DWI enforcement operations throughout Sandoval County, including checkpoints, warrant roundups, saturation patrols, party patrols, shoulder tap operations and compliance checks.