West Downtown neighbors get crafty to deter speeders

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People in one Albuquerque neighborhood tried to stop drivers from speeding along their street by getting crafty.

Residents on Luna Avenue in West Downtown between Lomas and Central say drivers ignore the few speed limit signs that already exist. They decided to take matters into their own hands to make the speed limit more known.

They made their own 20 mph signs and posted them along Luna.

“It’s been a big deal we’ve been doing this for about three or four years trying to get them to slow down,” said Ivan Wright.

Too many drivers, they say, are not abiding by the posted 20 mph signs and that no one is stopping them.

“Nobody enforces it. Absolutely not. No one comes in and enforces it,” Wright said. 
 
They have seen the consequences first hand. 

“A car was speeding along fruit missed the corner came through my yard flipped over and landed in my neighbor’s driveway,” Wright said. 
 
This lead them to recently put up the homemade signs.

“We attached them to the lawn in front of our yard and we put them on the posts so that people can see it as a reminder that the speed limit is 20 miles per hour,” Wright says.

Residents on Luna say even though the street is not very big, it still brings in a lot of traffic.

“It is an ongoing problem and especially with the whole ART project, peoples’ routes are changed and they kind of short-cut through this neighborhood,” said Damian Wilson.

Municipal Development Department Spokesman Johnny Chandler says residents are not allowed to post handmade signs on city signs or in the right-of-way, leading to the homemade signs coming down.

“There are certain signs that we encourage residents to get and they have been deemed effective,” Chandler said.
 
Residents are pleading with the city to make changes, like adding speed bumps or a four-way stop sign. 

“The kids can’t come out and play on the street anymore like they use to. And I’m afraid someone is going to get hit and hurt real bad,” said Douglas MacLeod. 

The city says residents can petition the city about speed issues in neighborhoods.

Residents say they previously petitioned the city to lower the speed limit from 25 to 20 and the city listened. But now residents say more needs to be done.

As for those approved yard signs encouraging drivers to slow down, you can pick them up for free at any police substation. 

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