Carlsbad, New Mexico Speed Traps
A well organized speed trap is on the entry road into the National park. As you near the Visitor’s center at the top of the mesa the speed drops from 40 to 25. Within a hundred yards after passing the change in speed there is a park ranger with a radar gun. While we were having lunch we watch the rangers pulling over a number of visitors. None looked like the speeding types. They were unsuspecting visitors just come for a pleasant day of cave exploring. The ranger was very arrogant and unfriendly, treating us like we were criminals. They issue an expensive ticket ($95) knowing full well that no one will return to contest it.
Area used by by drug traffickers coming from Mexico. There are plenty of law enforcement officers out there. State Patrol as well as Sheriffs Department and city PD as you get closer to Carlsbad. (Carlsbad – Eddy County)
Speed limit in dessert is 55. Everyone does 70+. Suddenly they drop the limit to 45 at the edge of town and get you as you slow to 55.
Cops (usually more than one) sit on the backside of the church facing in an eastern direction, looking down Mermod street, right before the S turn changing Mermod to Texas St.
Officer sits on the side road facing south. Well hidden by the bushes until the last 20 feet. Can catch you both ways. Limit is 30, but big sign says 35 just before the 30 posting.