|By Chris Quintana, The Santa Fe New Mexican|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
A new contract with
The plan to revive the mobile speed enforcement system is likely to draw criticism from the community and is already getting mixed reviews from city councilors. The speed SUV program originally was sold to the city as a public safety measure, but there is little hard evidence to show it has made the roads safer.
In its proposal to
Both Maestas and Trujillo said they don't believe federal corruption charges against
The city had sought a new contract for operation of its speed SUV program, after allowing its previous contract with
Speeding tickets issued through the program are
The fines are paid directly to
The city and the state split the rest of the revenue.
During the time the speed SUVs were operating in
The New Mexican reported in January that the SUVs generated 8,850 citations in 2012 and 6,919 citations in 2013.
And although the program's success at slowing drivers is hard to track, one report does show a decline in crashes in the city from 2,709 in 2008 to 2,200 in 2011, two years after the speed SUVs were introduced.
Trujillo said he believes the program has led drivers to slow down on wide thoroughfares such as