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Traffic Enforcement Informaton
Posted 12/20/18

Dear Desert Ridge Community and Parents:


Re: Barstow ST. Traffic Enforcement


My name is Officer Charles Miller with the Albuquerque Police Department Traffic Unit.  I am writing this letter to you, with optimism in conveying information to the parents of the school and furthermore eliminate the extensive amount of vehicles stopping on Barstow ST. and Greenarbor RD. Set aside the legality of stopping in the area, the ultimate goal is to protect the children as they are being picked up and or dropped off at the school.  My intention is to alleviate the problem thru education rather than taking enforcement action by citing the violating drivers.


Stopping, Standing or Parking Prohibited violations falls under city ordinance   8-5-1-1.  Here is a list of the common ones being violated around the school. Drivers are not limited to one citation (ticket) if multiple ordinances are violated.  Most violations are $30 fines.


*8-5-1-1  Stopping, Standing or Parking Prohibited in Bicycle Lanes (Bicycle lanes exist for both northbound and southbound Barstow ST.


*8-5-1-1A   Next to a curb which is painted either yellow or red.


*8-5-1-1E   Within 15 feet of a fire hydrant.


*8-5-1-1H  Between a safety zone and the adjacent curb, or within 30 feet of points on the curb immediately opposite the ends of a safety zone, unless the Mayor or his designated representative has indicated a different length by signs or markings.



No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle either in a street, on public grounds or in a public parking lot, except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or in compliance with law or at the direction of a police officer or traffic control device, where proper signs have been placed at intervals adequate to inform the motorist prohibiting the stopping, standing or parking of vehicles.


66-7-301A1 Speeding in a School Zone.  (no fines associated, court appearance only)


There are a multitude of statues and ordinances for crossing the double yellow lane line to make a U-turn in front of the school. Some of these fines are up to $82.  Here is a reminder of Markings: Colors, Patterns, Meaning.


     WHITE LINES painted on the pavement indicate traffic traveling in your direction.


     Broken White Line: you may change lanes if it is safe to do so.


     Solid White Line: requires you to stay within the lane and also marks the shoulder of 

                                    the roadway.


     YELLOW LINES mark the center of a two-way road used for two-way traffic. You may pass on a two-way road if the yellow centerline is broken.  When a solid and a broken yellow line are together, you must not pass if you are driving next to the solid line.  Two solid yellow lines mean no passing.  Never drive to the left of these lines (including U-turns which need to be made at intersections).



I would like to recommend parents refrain from coming early as that action creates a line of cars which on numerous occasions has extend onto Greenarbor RD, and around onto Barstow ST stopped at the yellow curb or right turn lane.  Drivers that are picking up in the afternoon are not using the area behind the school to the south, starting from the special education bus pick up. Drivers could use the Staff Only Parking to alleviate extra congestion. There are about 40 un-numbered spaces and about another 20 to 30 numbered spaces not used on any given day after school.  After the Staff Parking is filled and there is no other space along the back of the school, unfortunately, drivers would have to circle the school until traffic can continuously move as drivers pick up the children. Drivers could pick up children in the residential areas to the east and west of the school, but this would force the children to walk to these areas at a greater risk of navigating thru such a heavy volume of traffic around the school, but legal.  Please remind parents that as easy as it is for a licensed adult to forget traffic rules and regulations, it should be assumed that it is just as easy for children, excited to go to or leave from school, to abide by pedestrian rules and not to walk or run across the street where they are not intended to be. Our community models behavior for our children and their wellbeing  


Please do not hesitate to call me with any questions or concerns at 768-2970.





Senior Patrol Officer 1C

Special Services Bureau, Traffic Division, Motors Unit


cc:        Sgt. Mike Loftis, Motors Unit