State Highway 285/84 (Main drag through town)

Espanola, New MexicoDec 01, 20010 Comments

One of the most notorious speed trap zones in the state. I have personally seen on several occasions, Espanola’s finest tailgate motorists as they hit the area where the speed limit changes from 45 to 35, or 35 to 25. So the motorist can slow down and possibly be hit by the officer, or keep on going 35-37 and end up getting a ticket in the 25 zone. For this reason, I make it a point to avoid Espanola whenever possible in my road trips to Northern New Mexico. Generally run more on the weekends than on the weekdays. As I recall, as least one of the sign lowering the speed limit is really amusingly enormous, at least twice the size of your average sign. In general, I assume the cops in rural areas are more bored than the ones in the bigger cities, and look very carefully for those speed changes and try to drive right on the speed limit whenever possible. I have managed to never get a ticket (or pulled over) in these small town speed traps despite my many road trips. It’s too bad Espanola’s finest have to be so over the top: they are ruining Espanola’s claim to fame: as the "low rider capital of the world". Apparently people as far away as Japan have had their cars modified by shops in Espanola. I hit a low-rider traffic jam one time I was there, which was quite a site to see.

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