The New Mexico State DWI Grant Council met on April 21, 2021, and allocated Local DWI Grant Program funds for the fiscal year 2022. Curry County was given an estimated amount of $267,509.00 in Local DWI distribution funds and awarded $135,000.00 in Local DWI competitive grant funds for a total of $402,509.
The Curry County DWI Program, in partnership with the Curry County DWI Task Force, aims to reduce the incidence of DWI, alcoholism, alcohol abuse, underage drinking, and alcohol-related domestic violence in our community. The allocated funds are used to provide evidence-based prevention programs in county schools and throughout the community. The very successful research-based Be Above the Influence Social Health Campaign is entering its third year.
The funding is also utilized to assist individuals seeking treatment, support proactive law enforcement, and operate the Misdemeanor Compliance and Teen Court Programs. “I commend the DWI Program for the hard work in reducing and preventing DWI and alcohol related offenses along with the increase in funding over the current fiscal year of $56,257 that will allow the programs to expand and show positive results in our community,” said County Manager Lance Pyle. Curry County had ten fewer DWI arrests in 2019 than in 2018. Also, the percentage of individuals reporting drinking and driving has steadily decreased from 3.1% in 2016 to 1.5% in 2020.
If you would like to help stamp out drinking and driving, please send a letter of interest to Shelley Meeks, DWI Program Manager, at 417 Gidding Street, Suite 100, Clovis, NM 88101.