Should Las Cruces, NM hospital speed zones be eliminated?

When most motorists in Las Cruces enter a school zone and warning lights are flashing, they obediently slow to a crawl as crossing guards wave, a subtle reminder of the 15 mph speed limit.

But when motorists enter one of the city’s two hospital speed zones, many ignore the lower speed limits, city traffic studies show.

Some residents have complained about the hospital speed zones, wondering why it’s necessary to slow down when you pass in front of a hospital.

City officials, in response, are considering eliminating the hospital zones, or at least the reduced speed limits.

But several City Council members this week said not so fast.