State Route 30, Southwest of Espanola, NM

Espanola, New MexicoMar 20, 20100 Comments

When driving on NM 30 Northeast between NM 502 and U.S. Hwy. 285/84 there is a stoplight at the gas station about 5 miles from Espanola. The speed limit at that point changes from 55 to 45, then quickly to 40. It’s easy to get caught unaware since the country, to that point, is wide open and you are easily distracted by the beautiful Black Mesa. A ticket is costly, usually over $100. But, as the officer will enthusiastically tell you, the fine benefits the Santa Clara Pueblo (reservation) and no points will be assessed if you pay on time.

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