I made the trip between Midland, TX, and Roswell, NM, the other day, and my GPS directed me along a route that consisted of about 90 miles between the Texas state line and Roswell, NM, along U.S. Highway 380. There's isn't much between Roswell and Texas on that highway, so almost every vehicle on that road is either going to or coming from Texas.
With a speed limit drop of 70 in Texas to 65 in New Mexico, the New Mexicans must feel a little bit queasy with all those speedy Texans on the road. And that may explain why there were so many NM State Police out there on July 3. And each time I saw one he was writing a ticket. (If I had been thinking I would have looked to see if the ticket recipients had Texas plates. DOH! Maybe next time.)
Then there's Tatum. The two lane highway widens to a smooth four lanes as it enters Tatum, a little town with a population of fewer than a thousand people. Oh yeah, the speed limit slows to 30 mph, and the law was certainly being enforced that day in what could be the biggest source of revenue that tiny little town has. In a sense, it's like a toll road with a free ride for those who slow to a snail's pace and a steep fee for any driver who doesn't.
No, I didn't get a ticket, but others did. Welcome to New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment.