BCSO cracks down on drag racers, speeders

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – They’ve turned a major Albuquerque road into a drag racing strip. Now, the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office is cracking down on racers and speeders on Montgomery.

“It’s every Friday, Saturday night.”

Northeast Albuquerque residents like Daniel Durand understand the appeal.

“I actually like racing. I don’t have a fast car, but I got a couple of homies who can smoke some other cars. It’s a thrill, I’m not gonna lie,” says Durand.

Yet, not long ago, someone he knew was killed speeding on Montgomery.

“Just to know that someone that passed, I feel for them,” Durand says.

Durand says speeding and racing on Montgomery needs to be addressed, but he has little confidence law enforcement will make a difference.

“It’s entertainment for people. People are going to find their ways of having fun,” Durand explains.

Yet, the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office begs to differ.

As part of their 100 Days and Nights of Summer, BCSO staked out the well-known drag strip and arrested 10 people for drag racing.

Some of those nabbed were juveniles. One adult recently applied to be a state police officer and another driver had children in his car. He was taken to jail for child abuse.

Twenty other drivers were cited for everything from excessive speeding to no insurance.

Based on their success, BCSO will likely be at it again.

“They’re going to end up killing someone.”

Naomi Selfridge says it’s about time. She’s lived in the area for more than a decade and says the racing wakes her up at night.

“I think it’s very disrespectful,” says Selfridge.

That’s not to mention her safety concerns. Selfridge doesn’t have a car and walks to run her errands. She says the posted speed limit – 40 miles per hour – is fast enough.

“I just am afraid that someone’s going to get in a car accident,” Selfridge says.

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