Speeders on Albuquerque’s streets do more than make noise and bother nearby residents. They put pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists in danger of serious injury and death in auto accidents. For years, residents have tried to get the city to do something about speeding on the roads, which lead to the creation of the Neighborhood Traffic Management Program.
The program looks for various solutions to Albuquerque’s speeding problem. One of the things it does is provide speed bumps for blocks that want one, but only if the people requesting one can prove that their street has high traffic volume, as well as a large number of drivers using the street to cut through as a shortcut.
Cutting down the red tape
Following complaints from residents, two members of the Albuquerque City Council sponsored a resolution making it easier to get approved for a speed bump. Instead of having to prove both traffic problems, residents would only have to show that speeding is a regular occurrence. Nor would residents have to pay for a speed survey anymore.
Speeders in New Mexico have to pay their accident victims
Controlling speed in Albuquerque is important. Speeding motorists have less time to react to the people and objects around them. They may not be able to brake in time to avoid a crash. They can also lose control on turns and bends in the road, hitting and seriously injuring innocent people. This is the reason why there are posted speed limits on every American street, highway and interstate.
Accidents happen, but crashes caused by one person’s negligent actions are unacceptable. A speeder who injures somebody else in a car wreck is responsible for that person’s injuries under New Mexico law. That means the dangerous driver may be required to compensate their victim for the costs associated with their injuries, including their medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.