The Buffalo Common Council has adopted a resolution to end the city’s school speed zone camera program by a six to three vote.

As you recall the cameras have been a hot topic since they were installed.

The cameras take pictures of speeding motorists and a $50 fine is mailed to the car’s registered owner. The Council in December asked Mayor Byron Brown to pause the program. Through the end of February, the beacons that accompany the cameras were flashing but fines were not being mailed out to drivers.  Ticketing resumed on March 1st.

University District Councilman Rasheed Wyatt introduced a resolution at the end of the month of March, calling the program a “failure.”

If enacted, it would increase the school zone speed limit from 15 to 20 miles per hour, as well as replace the cameras with radar speed signs.

Council President Darius Pridgen says this resolution is just the beginning of the process.

“I think all of us would probably be able to look at this document and say there are some things here we’d like to change and we will have the time to do this. This is just a starting point to trying to continue to make children safe.”

The resolution now moves to Mayor Brown’s desk to be signed. The Mayor has been a supporter of the Speed Camera program. A spokesperson for the city released a statement saying “The mayor will review this item when it’s presented to him by the clerk.”

READ MORE: Ticketing resumes March 1 for speeders caught by Buffalo school zone cameras 

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