Neighbors fed up with speeding drivers ending up in their yards

An Albuquerque family says their home has become a crash zone for speeding cars, and they want the city to fix it.

For nearly a decade, 86th Street in Albuquerque has been notorious for speeding drivers.

“We kind of live in like, fear of being at the front of the house. We don’t come in the living room or nothing because we are afraid a car is going to come into the house,” said Derek Chavez. 

Chavez says in the past month alone they’ve seen three wrecks. Earlier this month, a truck took out a wall and fence when it landed in his neighbor’s yard near the intersection of 86th and Sapphire. 

“It freaks you out when you hear the cars screeching. My room’s in the front…they could easily come through the house,” said Aliyanna Moreno. 

“You hear the crash like as soon as they happen. And it’s not always a crash. Sometimes you’ll hear the car speeding by and stuff,” Chavez said.

This isn’t the only stretch of 86th that has a speeding problem.  

Back in May, neighbors rejoiced after a the city installed a four-way stop sign at 86th Street and Camino San Martin.

It took neighbors three years to get the signs. Albuquerque City Councilor Klarissa Peña paid for the installation of the signs out of her “council set-aside” fund. 

Residents near Sapphire say they have reached out to the city for help, and they hope changes will be coming their way soon.

“If the city could put up some guard rails,” Chavez said. 

“I think like, a few speed bumps at the light would be really crucial to the situation,” said Moreno. 

Councilor Peña says there are several problem streets in her district and she’s trying to find the resources for better lighting and more signage. 

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