Alamogordo, New Mexico Speed Traps
There is a public school on North Florida Avenue just north of 10th Street that utilizes flashing amber lights to indicate when the posted speed limit is lowered from 30 MPH to 15 MPH for the three weekday times when students are on the street (arriving in the morning, at lunchtime, and leaving for the day). According to the school administration office personnel I spoke to recently, the amber warning lights for this particular school have not functioned at noon for approximately a month (since about 03-20-08) for some reason and the Alamogordo City Police utilize this to write tickets for driving 30+ MPH in a 15 MPH School Zone. The police have not made any attempt to report to city street maintenance this malfunction that jeopardizes the school children�s lives, instead preferring to risk young lives to generate revenue. If you drive on Florida in front of this school near 10th Street between about 11 AM and 1 PM you are in danger of hitting a child as well as getting ticketed for 15+ MPH over the speed limit! Please drive carefully there, the children�s lives are at risk!
Usually parked at the restaurant on the lower side of the street, almost always at least one car there, in the evenings especially on the weekends sometimes 4 or 5 cars.
They will be sitting on either both sides of the road, or in the center median looking for cars going east or westbound in or out of the city. Westbound, the officer sits just just outside Milemarker 210 (which is the official Alamogordo city limits) and clocks people. What’s a pain is that the speed limit is 45 and slowly goes to 50, then sity a mile later. What’s deceptive is that a Hwy 70 sign is about a mile past that. Cars think it looks like a speed limit sign and speed up. They sit behind a bush hidden from view and have no remorse for you speeding. This tickets if only 5-6 miles over the speed limit will be about $50-70. Eastbound, they will catch you as you are going into town when the speed limit drops rapidly from 60 to 50 to 45 within 100 yards. They will be parked on the side of the road near the self storage place and looks like a car parked there doing nothing. By the time you see them….too late.
State Police use radars on opposite side of highway to measure speed while in motion.