Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Office hitting the saturation patrols hard this week

Posted: August 10, 2011 in Uncategorized
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This from Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Jake Arnold:

A special task force of Rio Arriba sheriff’s deputies will be conducting “saturation” patrols on northern Rio Arriba County highways Thursday, Friday and Saturday, August 11-14, 2011.

This effort is directed against violators of all traffic laws, including driving while intoxicated and drivers and/or passengers not wearing seat belts.

During this saturation operation no tolerance will be allowed for any violation of those laws and no verbal “warnings” will be issued.  Any violations will result in deputies issuing citations or performing arrests.

The highways subject to this “saturation” effort and “no-tolerance” enforcement are U.S. Hwy. 84/64 and intersecting county and state roads between Tierra Amarilla, Dulce and the Colorado-New Mexico state line.

“Motorists can expect the saturation patrols to be in operation at any time on those three days,” said RASO Deputy Russell Thomas, the supervising officer directing this effort.

“People should expect to see one of our uniformed officers in a marked patrol vehicle every few miles on those highways,” said Thomas.  “This means morning, noon and night.”

Approximately triple the number of deputies normally on duty will be conducting these patrols, Thomas said.

Anyone stopped by a deputy during the “saturation” period for any observed infraction of the law should expect to have the validity of his or her driver’s license, insurance and vehicle registration checked, according to Thomas.

Anyone stopped will also be checked for outstanding warrants, through a national law enforcement data base, he said.

Thomas said that deputies will pay special attention to drivers who are suspected of driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs.

“Any suspicion whatsoever on our part that someone is DWI or DUI will result in a field sobriety test, which could lead to further investigation, arrest, booking into the detention center and prosecution,” he said.

“Anyone determined to be driving with a revoked license can also be expect to be arrested and the vehicle he or she is driving impounded,” added Rio Arriba Sheriff Thomas R. Rodella.

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