About the Program
We fund activities directed at the reduction of driving under the influence of alcohol and other drugs, resulting in fewer impaired driving crashes, injuries and deaths.
What can you do?
Plan in advance if you are going to be drinking, designate a driver, stay where you are or call for a safe ride home. Be a friend, take the keys. There is no safe use of alcohol prior to driving.
Call 911 to report impaired drivers. Include the location and description of the vehicle, direction in which they are traveling, and the license plate number if available.
PreventionWe provide DWI prevention education and awareness to beginning drivers enrolled in driver's education. The DWISE (Driving While Impaired Supplemental Education) Program targets court ordered offenders using simulated impairment activities combined with a Victim Impact Panel in the effort to prevent future incidents of DWI.
Highly visible DWI prevention messages are delivered to the public through billboards, radio advertising, newspaper ads, movie theatre ads and public television stations. We also manage and maintain the DWI Memorial Sign Program in Eddy County.
As a consequence to underage drinking the courts order these offenders to work roadway cleanup community service. Supervision of roadway clean-up community service crews is provided every Saturday and Sunday morning alternating between Carlsbad and Artesia. Approximately 1,000 pounds of trash is picked up every weekend. The Eddy County DWI Program provides trash bags, traffic safety vests, gloves, transportation and supervision for these court ordered offenders. Alcohol and the workplace safety programs are available at no charge.
The Eddy County DWI Program funds officers' overtime efforts including:
- DWI Sobriety Checkpoints
- Roving DWI Patrol activities
- Saturation Patrols
The proactive work of our motorists reporting suspected impaired drivers contributes to DWI arrests and public safety.
Screening & Assessment-Screening is required by law for anyone convicted of DWI and is administered by a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor and by appointment only. It identifies those who meet the criteria for a diagnosis of Substance Use Disorders and addresses other underlying factors that may lead to substance abuse. The Counselor makes treatment recommendations to the courts.
Fee for this service is $125.00.
To make an appointment please call 575-234-9963 or 575-628-5430.
TreatmentMoral Reconation Therapy, group counseling is available for the DWI offender weekly in both Artesia and Carlsbad. Relapse prevention and Aftercare is also available.
TrackingUsing a form developed in our office and information from court records, we update DWI offender compliance with their court order in a DWI offender Tracking Program database. This results in effective, efficient and complete data entry. This information assists with identifying the demographic profile of the Eddy County DWI Offender..
This component is central to the operation of the Eddy County DWI Program. It includes all required reports, financial oversight and grant writing efforts.
The program director oversees all employees and contractors and monitors the delivery of services. The coordinator frequently interfaces with the Eddy County Commission, DWI Advisory Council and other elected officials and agencies which are essential in evaluating services and making any needed adjustments to programs for more efficient outcomes.