- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 7, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The New Mexico Department of Transportation will be getting four grants worth more than $365,000 to help prevent drunken driving and improve safety on the state’s roads.

The funding will be awarded through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s State Traffic Safety Information Systems Grants program.

The money will be used for sobriety checkpoints, seatbelt safety education and enforcement, and ignition interlock programs.

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall says New Mexico’s work to combat drunken driving demonstrates that progress is possible but that any number of preventable deaths on the state’s roads is too many.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich says raising awareness and funding preventative efforts are keys to keeping roads and families safe.

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