BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Note: a previous version of this article stated the hours were 7:30am-9:30am and 2:30pm-4:30pm as stated in the approved resolution. The legislation that was actually signed by the mayor has adjusted language.
The Buffalo Common Council voted to approve the new abbreviated hours for school zone speed cameras Tuesday.
Buffalo lawmakers reached a "compromise" with Mayor Byron Brown's administration regarding the use of school zone speed cameras Monday.
The speed cameras will only be activated an hour before and after the school day begins, and an hour before and after students are dismissed.
The program was intended to bring *some* revenue into the City budget.— Madison Carter (@madisonlcarter) November 17, 2020
It was approved to bring in $2.3M for the year.
It brought in $1.7M in the first SEVEN DAYS.
That’s why many councilmembers said we need to roll this back.
It was a 7-2 vote to approve new hours.
If a school needs the speed zone cameras activated at other times in the school day, it can request special accommodations to the City's Commissioner of Public Works. Circumstances listed include unique school functions or field trips.
If you have a complaint or want to dispute your citation, you can call or email the Buffalo Parking Violations Department at email@example.com or by telephone at (716) 851-5182.
Mayor Brown issued the following statement to 7 Eyewitness News:
“The School Speed Zone Safety Program will be modified according to the parameters that the Buffalo Common Council passed today. While I believe that the robust program that was put in place by my Administration was the most equitable way to ensure the greatest degree of safety for students, faculty, staff and administrators, pedestrians and cyclists, the changes will be made in accordance with the ordinance amendment. The School Speed Zone Safety Program has one objective: to keep people safe. I continue to urge all motorists to slow down, obey the posted speed limits and be aware of your surroundings - especially in school zones - for the safety and well-being of our children and our community.”