The Memorial of Perpetual Tears is a visible statement to the world expressing what words cannot, portraying US fatalities and injuries caused by Driving While Impaired. The Memorial presents visual evidence of pain and sorrow that cannot be denied. The Memorial offers on site National DWI Victims’ recognition and DWI education, awareness, and prevention. It is also home to the Torrance County Drug Free Communities Initiative, a community coalition dedicated to affect positive environmental change and reduce the rates of substance abuse and DWI.
The New Mexico National DWI Victims’ Memorial of Perpetual Tears is the only National DWI Victims’ Memorial in the US and recognizes all victims of DWI in the US. The Memorial opened in November of 2008.
Located in the center of New Mexico in Moriarty – the small city with a big heart just 38 miles east of Albuquerque – the Memorial is fully visible from Interstate 40. It imparts a visual impact that raises awareness of the true cost of DWI fatalities.
The front Field of Markers resembles a federal cemetery and represents the most recent five years of deaths attributed to driving while impaired in NM. Red ribbon walls surround the field and the grounds are enhanced with stone benches and original sculpture. For the period 2005-2009 there were 786 NM fatalities. In 2009 alone, there were 10,839 national fatalities in crashes involving a driver with a BAC of .08 or higher – 32% of total traffic fatalities for the year.
The City of Moriarty and State of NM invite all travelers on I-40 to stop at our Visitors’ Center and walk through the Memorial. It is an experience you will not forget. The Memorial is located on the north side of I-40: exit at 196 or Howard Cavasos Blvd.; turn west on W. Abrahames; turn north at Valley Irrigation to the entrance. The Visitors’ Center is open Monday – Friday from 9:00 to 5:00; visitors are also welcome to visit the grounds on weekends.