Speeders worry residents in ABQ neighborhood

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE)- It’s something that happens in just about any Albuquerque neighborhood, people speeding down side streets, disregarding the posted speed limit. One resident says drivers are using the roads around his home as a race track. He’s caught people going three times the speed limit and when we went out there with our radar gun, we found the same thing.

Several of the residents on the street tell us they’re worried someone is going to get seriously injured or even killed if drivers don’t start slowing down.
The speed limit is 25 miles per hour but, several residents say few drivers actually obey the law.

“I’m seeing double the speed,” says South Valley resident Martin Montano.

Montano says speeding on his street has been a problem for years. He blames the issue on the next road over. The speed limit is set at 30 miles an hour but it has speed bumps to slow drivers down.

“You can make a left hand turn onto Flora Vista off of Coors and fly all the way up to the top of Cassandra, make a right hand turn and you’re in the mobile home park without any speed bumps, any hindering and doing 55, 60 miles per hour in a 25 mile per hour zone,” explains Montano.

Montano says he’s tried to deter speeders, yelling at them to slow down, even sitting outside with a radar gun to clock drivers’ speeds.

“We’ve actually clocked the highest speed at 78 miles per hour,” says Montano.

We decided to get an idea of speeds for ourselves. Using a radar gun, we clocked 30 cars with an average speed of 34 miles an hour. The fastest speed? 70 miles an hour in a 25 mile an hour zone.

With two bus stops on the street, residents like Montano worry it’s a recipe for disaster.

“The chance of survival on this road being hit by a car traveling on this road is almost zero,” says Montano.

It’s why he says he’s reached out to county officials but, so far, Montano says “it’s fallen on deaf ears every time.”

We contacted County Commissioner Art De La Cruz and the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday. De La Cruz tells us he met with the Bernalillo Sheriff’s Office and alerted them to the problem. The sheriff’s office confirmed they are working on a plan to do speed enforcement and tell us they have deputies in the area.

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