In a joint effort to promote roadway safety, the Santa Fe County Public Works Department and the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office would like to offer the following roadway safety reminders to residents of Santa Fe County, particularly in the Fin Del Sendero area north of Camino La Tierra.
Share the road
o Be on the lookout for bicyclists and pedestrians, as warmer temperatures bring an increase in the number of bicyclists and pedestrians.
o When passing a bicyclist or pedestrian, motorists must do so slowly and safely.
o A minimum distance of three feet between a vehicle and the bicyclist or pedestrian is recommended.
Motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists all share responsibility for traffic safety.
o Bicyclists generally must obey all traffic laws when riding on roadways.
o Pedestrians must use sidewalks where provided.
o Pedestrians crossing a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection must yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway.
Slow down and obey the posted speed limit at all times.
o The speed limit is 25mph on Fin Del Sendero north of Camino La Teirra.
o Speeding tickets are costly, and penalties for speeding can include fines, court appearances, and loss or suspension of driving privileges. Also, depending on your insurance policy, speeding tickets can raise your rates.
o Speeding gives you less time to react and increases the severity of an accident.
Always wear your seat belt and make sure every passenger in your vehicle is properly restrained. Failure to do so:
o Puts unrestrained passengers at risk of serious injury; and
o Could result in fines.
• Cell phones distract drivers.
o Don’t text and drive.
o Use only hands-free devices to talk while driving.
Always drive sober and drug-free
Traffic enforcement operations will be in place a various times in the Fin Del Sendero area, north of Camino La Tierra. The use of electronic equipment (message boards and driver feedback speed trailers) may be used to remind motorists of their responsibility to obey the posted speed limit and maintain a safe speed.