ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Two LED speed monitoring signs track north and south bound traffic on Washington between Indian School and Constitution in northeast Albuquerque. Neighbors say they’ve complained to the city and police which is why the signs were installed in the first place, but they might not be deterring speeders completely.
“Nobody pays any attention to them,” said Betsy Schmidt-Nowara, a neighbor living near Washington.
On Friday, KRQE News 13 watched and recorded 100 drivers going through the busy street and only a handful of those did not exceed the posted 30 mile per hour limit. It should be noted that none of the speeding was excessive. The most captured on camera was about ten miles over.
Still, police say they welcome and need constant input from residents if these signs are curbing the speeding problem.
“So the first thing is the citizen calls up and then we’ll put the signage out and if it continues to happen, we’ll address it with actual officers in uniform issuing citations,” said Officer Simon Drobik from Albuquerque Police Department.
The City of Albuquerque Department of Municipal Development also says they’ve been working with the City Council on a Neighborhood Traffic Management Program. This is where various traffic measures such as physical tools like lane narrowing, turn restrictions, and curb bulb-outs, as well as non-physical tools like radar speed signs and targeted enforcement are implemented.