RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE) – Love them or hate them, everyone seems to have an opinion about Rio Rancho’s Speed Enforcement Vans. One resident has taken matters into his own hands to warn drivers where they are.
They’ve been vandalized and even torched. Many people seem to have an opinion about the Rio Rancho Speed Enforcement vans.
Jose Martinez created a Facebook page called “Where’s the Damn Van?” It started as a place for his close friends and family to be aware, but two years later, it’s grown much bigger than he expected.
“We’re hitting almost 500 members now and I’m getting an average of 5-10 hits a day,” he says.
Drivers post intersections and street names on the page to alert other drivers. Martinez believes if these speed vans are going to be placed around the city, drivers need to know where they are so they can slow down or avoid the area.
However, Martinez isn’t on board with the vans enforcing speed.
“If you do get caught, I think it should be a written ticket from a real police officer,” he says.
Rio Rancho Police refused an on-camera interview, but they did say they were not aware of this page. Regardless, they will still do their job by ticketing and citing people who are not following the law.
“I think the city of Rio Rancho should get more officers on the street, and curb any kind of criminal activity out there and have their presence known,” says Martinez.
The city has eight speed vans in rotation. They are usually placed at spots where police report seeing the most speeding and crashes. The fine for drivers caught speeding more than 11 mph over the limit is $100.