Ever since we moved to Rio Rancho, New Mexico, I’ve noticed their use of cameras to automate their ‘traffic enforcement’ if you can call it that. Interestingly enough, Albuquerque introduced their red light cameras in 2005 but brought the program to an end in 2013. However, the red light cameras seem to be a permanent addition to Rio Rancho as they just renewed the contract with RedFlex, who manufactures and operates the cameras.
What you see in the attached photo, however, is one of Rio Rancho Police Department’s mobile Speed Enforcement units which is a Ford Escape, rigged with a speed radar and DSLR camera to record your license plate. They are extremely mobile and are frequently moved to various locations throughout Rio Rancho. Tip: You are only flagged for a speed violation if you are driving more than 11 MPH over the posted speed limit.