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Safety Tip: Don’t Drink and Drive

  • By Minerva Baumann
  • May 02, 2022

New Mexico State University is proud of all our graduates as they prepare for commencement this weekend. Graduation parties are a celebratory time for family and friends and the last thing anyone expects is a tragedy. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens and young adults according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. A large number of these accidents occur due to driving under the influence. We all need to be safe, smart drivers this graduation season.

Here are some safety tips to help you protect yourself and those around you when planning your celebrations:

  • Plan ahead. If you are going to be drinking, have a designated driver, plan to use public transportation, a taxi or ride share.
  • Use NMSU’s Crimson Cab service offered every day between 6 a.m. and 2 a.m. With your NMSU Student ID, Crimson Cab will take you and your friends anywhere within the Las Cruces City Limits. Call 575-524-TAXI (8294).
  • If you're hosting a party, make sure your guests do not drive while intoxicated. Have taxi or ride-share numbers handy to help your guests get home safely.
  • Operating a vehicle under the influence will cost you money. A first offense penalty for DWI in New Mexico is punishable by up to 90 days in jail, plus stiff fines and court costs. You may also be ordered into treatment and to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle. The New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division has the authority to revoke your driver’s license.
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It’s important to celebrate your accomplishments, but please keep safety in mind and enjoy the best of luck in your future career!