4OYS catches state telling lie about speed enforcement

Posted at: 11/10/2013 11:18 PM
By: Ryan Luby, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Have you ever had an eye on the sky while driving through New Mexico? 

Have you ever wondered how often police enforce speed limits from a plane?

4 On Your Side found that the state has been telling a lie. 

Its signs, reading, “Speed monitored by aircraft,” have been obsolete for roughly 20 years.

Most drivers said they figured the signs did not speak of the truth. 

But they admitted that they were never quite sure.

“We think they serve as a speed deterrent,” Melissa Dosher, a spokesperson for the New Mexico Department of Transportation said.

 She said there are 12 signs still posted around the state. 

Four are on Interstate 25 near Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

Dosher said New Mexico State Police used speed-monitoring aircraft in the late 1980s and early 1990s, but said there is no record of when – if ever – the agency asked NMDOT to take down the signs.

State police confirmed that officers use a helicopter for search and rescue efforts, but not for speed enforcement any longer.

4 On Your Side spoke with a dozen drivers who agreed that the state should get rid of the signs as long as it doesn’t cost a lot

“If they’re not doing it, why have them up,” driver David Lamoureux asked.

Dosher confirmed that NMDOT would soon remove the signs after 4 On Your Side inquired about them, but could not say when.