Section of Navajo Nation road closed because of drag racing


FARMINGTON, NM (AP) – Officials have closed a section of road on the Navajo Nation until the end of February due to concerns about lingering drag racing.

The Farmington Daily Times reported Monday that the Transportation Division of the Bureau of Indian Affairs had closed 4.02 kilometers of Navajo Highway 4178 with concrete barriers and signs near the Navajo Agricultural Products Industry farm and the foodstuffs.

NAPI CEO Dave Zeller said drag racing has been a problem in the region for several years.

“We are very concerned for the safety of our employees and everyone who uses the roads through NAPI,” he said.

Genevia Cundiff, safety manager at NAPI, said no accidents or fatalities have been caused by drag racing, but “it’s a risk we don’t want to take.”

“NAPI employees moving from field to field use these roads and collisions could occur. In some cases, employees have received threats from runners when they interfered with their runs, ”Cundiff said.

Christina Tsosie, spokesperson for the Navajo Police Department, said resources and officers from the department were stationed in the area to bolster the police presence, but officials need to develop a long-term plan to address the issue.

Navajo Police are asking anyone with information on drag racing to contact the department.

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