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Residents: Academy radar signs don’t deter all speeders, reckless drivers

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ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A Northeast Heights road is plagued with speeders so much so that multiple radar signs are in place to get drivers to slow down. KRQE News 13 looked into how effective those signs really are.

It’s a windy stretch of Academy between Ventura and Eubank, lined by homes and one of the entrances to Tanoan.

“Oh gosh, I mean I’ve probably seen people fly down, going 50 or 60 miles an hour easily,” Emily Chavez, who lives nearby, said.

Not one, not two, but three electronic radar signs are permanently posted along the road in a less than half a mile stretch. Two are westbound, one is eastbound.

“That’s a warning to say ‘We’ve gotten complaints, we noticed that there are problems here, we’re putting up these signs so that you, as residents, know that we are watching,’” Celina Espinoza with Albuquerque Police said.

For some people, the signs work.

“It slows me down; it tends to bring my speed down,” Keith Franchini said.

“Oh it just kind of reminds me what speed I should be doing,” Chavez said.

But on Monday morning, many other drivers didn’t so much as flinch at the sight of their high speed, including one driver who clocked in at 60 miles an hour.

“If they’re going to speed, they already know they’re speeding, they don’t need a sign to tell them they’re speeding,” Betty Freano, an Albuquerque resident, said.

One neighbor says he’s seen the sign top more than 70 miles an hour.

“That’s a huge ticket, that’s reckless driving,” Espinoza said. “Reckless driving could entail jail time.”

People KRQE News 13 talked to say the only thing that’ll likely get speeders to quit, would be more police patrolling the area.

“Speed traps, radar traps, people getting citations,” Franchini said.

Police say that’s exactly what’s coming too. Espinoza wouldn’t say when, but say drivers in the area should expect to see more police in that area soon.

In total, there are 37 permanent radar signs across the City. They each cost between $25,000 to $60,000 to install.

 

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