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State DOT announces new safety corridor on NM 128

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New Mexico Department of Transportation last week announced the designation of a new safety corridor on State Road 128 from mile marker 5 to mile marker 50 near the New Mexico/Texas state line.

Motorists will notice increased law enforcement presence from New Mexico State Police, and the Eddy and Lea County Sheriff offices, according to a press release issued by NMDOT.

“The NMDOT is committed to making this road safer. The safety corridor program provides improved signage, funding for law enforcement overtime and gives the local enforcement authorities the ability to double the fines for any moving violation,” said NMDOT Cabinet Secretary Mike Sandoval. “NMDOT also has several infrastructure improvement projects under development for this area — and this safety corridor is an immediate step we can take to help educate and enforce safe driving.”

Motorists will see a total of 30 new signs upon entering and leaving the safety corridor, as well as signs that alert drivers that there will be zero tolerance for violations. The safety corridor segment was selected by reviewing historic accident and fatality data, a speed study which demonstrated a median speed limit substantially higher than posted, driver behavior, as well as input from law enforcement, according to the press release.

“There will be strict enforcement of driving laws with zero tolerance for violations,” said New Mexico State Police Chief Tim Johnson. “If drivers obey the speed limit and other laws, there will be fewer crashes. Almost all crashes in the area are caused by excessive speed, distracted driving and following too closely.”

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