Neighbors say digital speed sign on Atrisco is spouting out wrong numbers

Atrisco Drive is a popular shortcut to get to Central. The city has been trying to get speeders to slow down through the neighborhood, but there’s a major problem with its latest tactic.

The city put up a digital speed sign to get drivers to slow down to 35 mph, but it’s showing a different speed than what’s on your dashboard.

“A lot of them are noisy and they like to get up the hill. Or when they’re coming down the hill, they’re coasting pretty fast,” said neighbor Dennis Wilder.

Speeders were a huge problem on Atrisco Drive in the Pat Hurley neighborhood, so a couple of years ago the city narrowed the lanes down to one.

Neighbors said for the most part that’s helped, but to remind people to slow down, the city put up a radar speed sign.

“The one that doesn’t work,” asked neighbor Ruben Montano.

Drivers heading south on Atrisco towards Central will come across the radar just before the 47th Street intersection. Neighbors said for weeks, that radar has been flashing a different number than what’s on their dashboard.

“Definitely wrong,” said Wilder. “I drive down the road quite often and it’s never the same on my speedometer.”

“Sometimes when I’m going 35 it will say I’m going 45,” said neighbor Viola Otero-Bennett.

“If I’m doing, let’s say 30, it’s showing me 42,” said Montano. “It’s not correct.”

KRQE News 13 wanted to test those claims for ourselves, so we took our NewsTracker out for a ride. Driving at the speed limit, it clocked us going 27. For the second time around, it was blinking 40.

KRQE News 13 also tested out how it was doing with other drivers by using our radar gun and the numbers still didn’t match. One driver clocked in the 40s but the sign read 30. Another driver showed up a few miles per hour short of what we got, and a third car was coming in hot in the 40s, but the sign spouted 29.

The city said it was made aware of this problem and are trying to get workers to fix it. Neighbors said in the meantime, drivers can’t rely on these numbers.

“It just flashes to whatever it wants to, whenever it wants to,” said Wilder.

The city said it will send out a crew to fix the sign. The city also added that if you notice other radar speed signs that are showing similar problems, call 311.

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