Speeders plague NE Heights neighborhood

Posted at: 05/10/2013 5:00 PM
Updated at: 05/10/2013 5:13 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4


One Northeast Heights neighborhood has had enough with speeders, and they want help dealing with the problem.

Neighbors said the issue is from Holbrook to Ventura. The street is only half a mile long but neighbors said speeding is a big problem.

Skid marks can be seen up and down Carmel - signs that cars were going too fast. But the problem is catching them doing it.

“We’ve had patrol police officers up here about maybe two blocks but I told them one day, I drove up and said you’re not going to catch anybody,” said Doug Turner, who’s lived in the neighborhood for eight years.

KOB Eyewitness News 4 went out Friday with a radar gun and really didn’t see any problems. Turner said that’s because the speeding is only happening during certain times, in the morning and at night.

The speed limit in the area is 30 miles per hour, but some neighbors KOB 4 spoke to said they’ve seen people going 40, 50 and even 60 miles per hour.

“I don’t think anybody drives 30,” added Turner.

Neighbors said they’d like to see speed bumps, but the city said that can’t happen because the street is an emergency route.

So what can be done? KOB 4 made some calls, and now, the city is going to request more patrols in the area from Albuquerque police.

The city told KOB 4 that residents could see some officers monitoring the issue in a couple of days.