Idea for campaign based on similar effort in Albuquerque

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FARMINGTON — Since City Councilor Nate Duckett was elected two years ago, one of the most frequent complaints he has heard is that people are speeding through Farmington neighborhoods.

When reached by phone Tuesday morning, he said people have asked him if it would be possible to put speed bumps in neighborhoods to force drivers to slow down.

Duckett proposed a campaign to give yard signs to residents to post on their property. The yard signs would say "Slow Down Farmington."

During the Farmington City Council meeting Tuesday evening, which can be viewed at fmtn.org, City Councilor Gayla McCulloch asked how much the campaign would cost. City Manager Rob Mayes said the city does not have a firm estimate, but he believes the signs can be paid for through the police department's budget.

Duckett said he got the idea for the campaign from the city of Albuquerque. About a decade ago, Albuquerque began handing out yard signs that read "Slow Down Albuquerque: Lives May Depend on It." According to The Associated Press, Albuquerque officials got the idea from Lomita, Calif., which began its own campaign in 2005.

The concept is that the signs will make drivers more aware of their speed, Duckett said.

 

"We can't put a police officer on every street," he said.

The signs also have a second purpose, Duckett said. He said the yard signs help community members feel as if they are involved in the process of addressing the problem.

When asked if the signs would lead drivers to slow down, Duckett said there is little empirical evidence to support that. He said they probably have effects similar to the city's signs that display a car's speed as a vehicle approaches.

Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.

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