Lea County Has a So-Called “Safety Corridor”

A 50 MILE STRETCH OF HIGHWAY ALONG THE SOUTHEASTERN EDGE OF NEW MEXICO IS NOW THE NEW MEXICO SAFETY CORRIDOR … BUT NOT BECAUSE IT’S SAFE. ABOUT 6-THOUSAND VEHICLES USE HIGHWAY 128 WEST OF JAL EACH DAY. IT’S BEEN REPORTED MORE THAN 4-THOUSAND OF THOSE DRIVERS DROVE OVER THE SPEED LIMIT, SOME GOING MORE THAN 100 MILES PER HOUR.

CAPTAIN LANCE BATEMAN WITH STATE POLICE TELLS THE ASSOCIATED PRESS THE SAFETY CORRIDOR NOT ONLY GETS MORE EXPOSURE AND ATTENTION, BUT ALSO DOUBLES THE FINES FOR SPEEDING, RECKLESS DRIVING AND ANY OTHER VIOLATION ON THE ROAD. THE AREA GOT ATTENTION IN JULY WHEN THERE WERE MULTIPLE DEATHS ON THE OIL FIELD ACCESS ROAD. THE STATE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT DID A TRAFFIC STUDY IN AUGUST TO DETERMINE HOW MANY VEHICLES USED HIGHWAY 128.

IN THE LAST FIVE WEEKS, NINE OFFICERS CONCENTRATED EFFORTS IN THE AREA IN LEA COUNTY AND ISSUED MORE THAN 2-THOUSAND TICKETS.

POLICE CALL “OPERATION ARRIVE ALIVE” A SUCCESS.

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