DWI Program


"The Santa Fe County DWI Program promotes the safety of the people in Santa Fe County by developing and implementing programs to prevent or reduce the incidence of DWI, alcoholism and other drug abuse in Santa Fe County.”

DWI Program Information Funds for these efforts come from liquor excise taxes administered by the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration, fees paid by convicted DWI offenders in local courts administered by the NM Traffic Safety Bureau, and other fees.

Alcohol & Substance Abuse Prevention

The Santa Fe County DWI Program provides evidence-based prevention services for children and adults in the community. All prevention services are targeted to address substance use and risky behaviors, such as drinking and driving. The goal of our prevention efforts are to challenge societal norms around alcohol consumption, encourage behavioral change, increase protective factors, provide education on substance use and provide access to relevant services for community members. The Santa Fe County DWI Program collaborates with multiple local agencies to address the indicators stated above. In FY23 and FY24 we partnered with the following agencies:

  • Santa Fe Public Schools ( Student Wellness - Santa Fe Public Schools (sfps.info)

  • Innovate+Educate (innovate-educate.org)

  • Team Builders- Behavioral Health Services

  • Reading Quest (readingquestcenter.org)

  • Pojoaque Valley Schools

  • Sombrillo Elementary School

  • Edgewood School District

The partnership with Pojoaque Valley School District is unique. The Santa Fe County DWI Program provides direct support through our Prevention Specialist using evidence-based curriculums implemented at the intermediate school. Gender specific services are provided at Pojoaque Valley Middle School.

The Program also provides direct prevention services at Sombrillo Elementary School and Edgewood Middle School using the same curriculums utilized at Pojoaque Valley Middle School.

Our Prevention Specialists lead various nationally recognized DWI Prevention initiatives in our community such as, Red Ribbon Week and Sticker Shock.

For more information on our local prevention efforts please contact:

Wendy Johnson, 505-992-9856wjohnson@santafecountynm.gov,

Trista Turner, 505-992-9844, tturner@santafecountynm.gov

The DWI Program will begin serving the Edgewood School District in FY24.


The Santa Fe County DWI Program hosts quarterly meetings to coordinate DWI related Law Enforcement efforts in Santa Fe County.  Participating agencies include the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office, Santa Fe Police Department, New Mexico State Police (Districts 1 and 7), NM Motor Transportation Police Division, NM Special Investigations Division, Edgewood Police Department, Pojoaque Tribal Police, Tesuque Tribal Police, Bureau of Indian Affairs Law Enforcement, and Special Investigations Division of the Department of Public Safety.  These agencies collaborate in conducting activities such as DWI checkpoints, DWI saturation patrols, DWI warrant enforcement, public educational events, and underage drinking enforcement efforts.

For more information on our law enforcement efforts please contact:

LeAnne Rodriguez, DWI Program Manager:  505-992-9831, lrodriguez@santafecountynm.gov

Alternative Sentencing

The Santa Fe County DWI Program provides support to the Teen Court Program. The Teen Court Program is an alternative to adjudication diversion program for youth ages 12-18. For more information on the Santa Fe County Teen Court Program, please visit Santa Fe County : Community Services : Teen Court (santafecountynm.gov) or call 505-995-9555.

Additionally, Santa Fe County DWI Program recognizes and supports our local Victim Impact Panel. The Victim Impact Panel is a powerful tool used to bring awareness of the seriousness of DWI. The panel includes both offenders and victims that share their first-hand experiences. For more information, please visit HOME | mysite (impactdwi.org).

Outpatient Treatment

All DWI offender are screened and assessed via a licensed clinician. The clinician completes a detailed assessment for each client to determine the appropriate level of care and response. Clients are assessed for the severity of a presenting alcohol or other substance related concern to determine treatment regimen. If a recommendation is made by the clinician, the recommendation becomes mandatory; therefore, the client must complete the required treatment per court sentence. The DWI Program has various contracts in place with local treatment providers to reduce the barriers to accessing treatment for the client. Clients are offered services at minimal cost or they may qualify for aid through the Santa Fe County Healthcare Assistance Program (HAP).