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From racing to panhandling, something rotten in ABQ

I fall asleep to the multiple revved-up cars I hear racing down Coors with high whining engines. Earlier in the week around 4 a.m. I was awakened as some vehicle, wound up full throttle and no muffler, blasted down Atrisco from Iliff to Central, waited for a stop light, surprisingly, and then continued on, still blasting. Even though § 8-6-13 MUFFLERS REQUIRED, it appears there is absolutely no enforcement of this ordinance. Cars with modified mufflers are everywhere, racing through traffic. It is surprising that the Southwest Area Command just at Los Volcanes NW does not use its easy position to crack down on the nightly racing/speeding in that immediate area every night.

It saddens me that as a 54-year resident in Albuquerque, our standards have shifted so much that the primary interest is making cozy with partisan politics. Our state is at the top or at the bottom of every survey which shows us in a bad light — (alarming numbers of) homicides, rude drivers, increasing homeless population.

Albuquerque has shifted so far left in enforcing the law. It is no wonder councilors want to defund the police. Have we simply caved in to living without rules?

Daily driving around town, I notice many cars are without evidence of a license required by the state in § 8-6-4 LICENSE PLATES.

Speeding is de rigueur. No one observes speed limits. Why post speeds when hardly anyone is ticketed? Even the semi-trucks drive faster than any limits.

Panhandling is no longer among prohibited activities. We have § 8-2-7-2 OCCUPYING ROADWAYS, CERTAIN MEDIANS AND ROADSIDE AREAS PROHIBITED; CERTAIN PEDESTRIAN INTERACTIONS WITH VEHICLES PROHIBITED; it is not being enforced. It appears that the use of medians all over the city that are less than 6 feet in width are being utilized by people soliciting, whether it is 2 feet wide or more.

There is a rotating cycle at some medians, set up by others and solicitors report on schedule; some are “coached” by the organizers. One of the regulars is a dapper man with a felt hat and two well-fed dogs which are provided with a different blanket each time they occupy their time slot. § 8-4-3 NO ANIMALS ON CONTROLLED ACCESS ROADWAYS AND PROHIBITED STREETS would seem it should include animals besides farm animals since allowing even leashed dogs to lie on medians in busy roadways seems cruel to the animal. Though not lighted at night, still there are solicitors. I am waiting for an accident at night from cars speeding down Coors disregarding anyone’s safety.

Something is rotten in Albuquerque. I am certain at least the population which is over age 65 – 15% – would certainly be in favor of returning to the old ways of enforcing the law. All of us are broken-hearted over what we see happening here, which is indicative of the entire country. It is a country without law and order, where justice is in short supply.

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