Posted at: 01/29/2014 6:52 PM
By: Jorge Torres, KOB Eyewitness News 4
In pop culture, the number 420 represents marijuana, or smoking pot.
In Colorado, where recreational pot smoking just became legal, people kept stealing road signs bearing that number.
Therefore, Colorado decided to put a 419.99 mile marker in its place.
A New Mexico driver should encounter mile marker 420 as they travel north near Springer on I-25.
418 is there.
419 is there
421 is there.
Wait a minute! Where's 420?! Looks like we've been swindled as well, or have we?
Obviously, this has been a problem for our neighbors up to the north for the past few months. They finally took care of it, but here in New Mexico, we dealt with it head on more than a decade ago. 10-15 years ago to be exact.
Melissa Dosher, the spokesperson for the New Mexico Department of Transportation, says that the state has not had the 420 sign up on I-25 because it was getting stolen so often.
Thieves would go to great lengths to get their hands on the mile marker. They'd pull them out of the ground. They would use hacksaws to cut them off and even unscrew them.
The sign disappeared up to three times per year. At thirty bucks a pop for each sign, it adds up over time, plus labor.
So if you're one of those few who are willing to go all the way out here just to take a 420 sign, don't even bother because white markers known as delineators are all that's there.
The state tells us 420 is the only sign that gets stolen, but others are frequently used for target practice.