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Old 07-13-2011, 06:11 AM
 
Location: CA
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I've planned a trip for this coming fall to NM, and although I don't speed much I do drive a decently fast car that loves open roads so I decided to look up the speedtrap info on NM. I read some pretty nasty stories online on various websites that talk about how shady the NM State police and Najavo PD can be along Interestate 40 and other highways.. stories about people being pulled over while going the speedlimit and being ticketed for going over. etc etc. Is it that bad? Tell me what you've experienced. I pretty much plan on just going the speedlimit for the most part, but I plan on using my Valentine 1 and CB radio for extra measures.
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Old 07-13-2011, 07:52 AM
 
Location: Heading to the NW, 4 sure.
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Need not worry if you obey the speed laws. I drive I-40 to Abq on occassion and although I only go about 68-70 as that gives me opimum milage, other cars zip by at a much faster speed. There are some roads around NM like 117 south of Grants that have some straight areas that people go way too fast.
Also in the fall depending on when and where you drive you could encounter icy spots to don't push it.
Happy trails,
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Old 07-13-2011, 09:13 AM
 
Location: Tejas
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Dont ya know that every person who gets pulled over in the poor State of New Mexico was driving the speed limit. Its just this hick State picking on out of towners ...
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Old 07-13-2011, 12:50 PM
 
Location: T or C, NM
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I guess I was lucky. I had out of state plates for over a month and didn't get stopped. Must have been because I always looked lost!!

When they check my ID (Driver's License) I still get asked what the heck I'm doing here.
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Old 07-13-2011, 02:11 PM
 
Location: Metromess
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I've been warned to take it easy going though the Mescalero Apache rez going from Ruidoso to Cloudcroft. The NDN cops don't fool around.
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Old 07-13-2011, 04:32 PM
 
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Be very careful driving Highway 4 through the Jemez Mountains. The speed limit drops to 20 and below through the communities (with good reason) and the state, county and tribal LEO's are VERY strict about enforcing it.
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Old 07-13-2011, 06:46 PM
 
Location: Sacramento Mtns of NM
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I've been warned to take it easy going though the Mescalero Apache rez going from Ruidoso to Cloudcroft. The NDN cops don't fool around.
That was true many years ago, but I don't see ANY enforcement in the past 14 years that I've been living in the area full time. Perhaps because they don't want to rile the tourists who might not stop at their two casinos (Inn of Mtn Gods and travel center on US-70) if ticketed. The speed limit through the town of Mescalero is lower than the general speed limit of 55 on the rest of the highway, but I've not seen anyone pulled over there either, though MOST of the vehicles are over the speed limits in all cases. I usually drive it at 65 in the 55 mph areas and frequently get passed.

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Old 07-13-2011, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Heading to the NW, 4 sure.
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Default not so..

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Dont ya know that every person who gets pulled over in the poor State of New Mexico was driving the speed limit. Its just this hick State picking on out of towners ...
I really don't believe that as I see most pulled over are NM. I think there is a allowed limit of about 5 over mph..but to be sure sure drive the limit as your vehicle will give you better gas milage...
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Old 07-14-2011, 06:06 AM
 
Location: CA
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Need not worry if you obey the speed laws. I drive I-40 to Abq on occassion and although I only go about 68-70 as that gives me opimum milage, other cars zip by at a much faster speed. There are some roads around NM like 117 south of Grants that have some straight areas that people go way too fast.
Also in the fall depending on when and where you drive you could encounter icy spots to don't push it.
Happy trails,
Good post...thanks for the reply.
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Old 07-14-2011, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Tejas
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I really don't believe that as I see most pulled over are NM. I think there is a allowed limit of about 5 over mph..but to be sure sure drive the limit as your vehicle will give you better gas milage...
I hope my sarcasm wasnt lost on people. I always drive 74.5MPH on the highway anyway =)
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