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'Slow down Farmington': Driving campaign sees positive results

Meg Hilling
October 11, 2017 08:18 PM

FARMINGTON, N.M. -- Every time drivers hit the road, there are lots of signs: yield, one way, turn, stop.

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But there is now a new sign on the roads in Farmington.

"You know, the biggest thing is just slow down, Farmington," said police officer Brian Johnston.

Frustrated over unsafe road conditions like speeding, crashes and accidents, the city has launched a "Slow Down Farmington" campaign. The campaign is popular in many New Mexico neighborhoods and is already producing positive results.

"We've had a huge significant drop in our crashes. And I think coupled with 'Slow Down Farmington' and the communities' involvement in that way, they are taking a hold of it and taking responsibility for themselves," Johnston said. "I like that is probably the biggest proponent of why we have seen a large number of crashes reduce."

In a Facebook post this week, the Farmington Police Department noted a 46 percent drop in crashes this September as compared to this time last year.

Those interested in picking up signs for their front yard can swing by Farmington City Hall or police department building to pick one up.

"Take your time. Take it easy. There is no rush," Johnston said. "Again, just take your time, not a life."

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Meg Hilling

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