Santa Fe, New Mexico Speed Traps
Google shows this road as 591 and Yahoo as 73. Either way it is the two-lane road north from Tesuque Village to connect with 84/285. A portion of this has a speed limit of 35 which is unreasonable given the absolutely straight road through a low-development area. Revenues are down at the Camel Rock Casino so Tesuque Pueblo Police are out here a lot trying to make up for lost earnings. It is a true speed trap and a cash cow for them. They use dark blue vehincles usually parked inconspicuously by the side of the road. Also look for them on the corresponding section 84/285. Don’t bother to appeal.
Traffic enforcement officers (both Santa Fe County Sheriff Deputies as well as New Mexico State Police) frequently monitor the intersection of the #599 ByPass and Airport Road. The reason is that, no matter what direction a motorist is heading on 599, there are several speed limit changes within a very short distance — especially a 45mph zone on either side of Airport Road. Miss the 45mph sign, and if you’re southbound on 599, you’re 10 miles over the limit. If you’re northbound, you’re 20 miles over!
It’s a school zone around a blind curve with no schools nearby or children around–ever. The speed limit is 15 MPH in the morning but traffic regularly goes 25-30 MPH. The cop stands in the parking lot of the restaurant with his Lidar gun, then steps out into the street and holds his hand out to stop speeders. If the traffic is slow enough that a cop can stop a speeder by stepping in front of the car, then there cannot be a safety hazard. I received a $400 ticket for going 10 over. Please seek an alternate route into the city, or be very careful coming in via this route in the morning.
When travaling down I-25 through the Santa Fe area, the Northbound and Southbound lanes are seperated more than normal. The New Mexico State Police and Santa Fe County So units like to sit in the median and under over passes (during dark evening hours) and wait for you as you speed down I-25.