Clayton, New Mexico Speed Traps
This whole town is a speed trap! I advise everyone to drive 5 mph under the speed limit until you are out on the open highway (70/65). I go thru there many times and most tickets are given on the south side as you’re leaving town. There is really no reason for low speed limit there, except, of course, for the revenue purposes. And, actually, the whole state of New Mexico is truly a Land of "entrapment".
As you cross the bridge going out of town speed limit is 45mph. Hides over the first hill.
us 64/87 thru town posted 30 mph. enforced at edge of town both sides
Officer’s will camouflage themselves and will pop up out of nowhere, go the speed limit, I am a former officer there.
(1st Street/Hwy 87)
(Clayton – Union County)
For Trucks, be careful approaching Clayton from the North. The limit drops sharply upon nearing the feed lot and before you near the rail overpass because a cow may escape and wonder onto the highway. Also the stop light at main street goes from green to red in 2 seconds. I would advise you to slow to 10 or 15 MPH because if you are heavily loaded you will not be able to stop in time even though the speed limit at that point is 30 MPH and the kindly young officer is just waiting to write you up for a stop light violation if the back door of your trailer is not clear by the time it changes to red.