The City of Buffalo Puts the Brakes on Red Light Cameras

July 28, 2011 Updated Jul 28, 2011 at 2:16 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

July 28, 2011 Updated Jul 28, 2011 at 2:16 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW)- The City of Buffalo Common Council said red light cameras are a no-go, at least for the summer. There was money in this year's budget but the Control Board did not approve the funds. They said the Board did not feel comfortable putting money forward without a solid plan on how the program will work here in the Queen City. The Common Councils also said they will stand behind the program if there is a proposal that will benefit the city and its drivers.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown has also spoken out in-favor of implementing a program. Until that time, they are putting the brakes on the idea so drivers will not be getting tickets in the mail anytime soon. They will only get fined the old fashion way, by being pulled over by an actual law enforcement official.

"They didn't like the fact that the revenues in there were on an 'if come'. The program hadn't been not only approved but hadn't been proposed," Councilman Michael LoCurto said.

Members said their meeting on Thursday was the last gathering of the summer. They will reconvene in August but they said the red light camera issue would not be brought up again until the end of September or even later in the year.