Mayor Tim Keller signed an ordinance to bring back mobile speed enforcement last October. Councilors and advocates look forward to hopefully changing the speeding culture in Albuquerque. Especially Rosa Rivera, who lost a piece of her heart on Sept. 12, 2020.
"Every single day it's been heart stopping agonizing pain that we have felt from the day that this happened and it'll be a part of our everyday life," said Rosa Rivera, Erika Chavez’s aunt.
Albuquerque police say a speeding driver ran a red light-- and killed her niece, Erika Chavez, instantly.
Chavez's family has been on board with mobile speed enforcement in Albuquerque since Keller brought the idea back last year. The family and city councilors believe a new approach to curb speeding is sorely needed.
"APD is understaffed, we're trying to recruit, they're working hard, so what else are we going to do to make sure to keep people safe? This is going to be one of those methods we've come up with," said Brook Bassan, city councilor.
Bassan says the focus will be on changing the culture-- not policing for profit.
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