The Common Council, the legislative body of the City of Buffalo, has again voted to end the extremely controversial school zone speed camera program.

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On Tuesday, May 25th, the Council passed a resolution to end the speed camera program and replace those cameras with other measures in an attempt to reduce speeding near schools in Buffalo. Those measures include various traffic calming ideas like:

  • Adding 'SCHOOL' pavement markings on the ground at intersections
  • Ensuring crosswalks are completely marked
  • Using portable speed humps

The Bill which passed by a 6 to 3 vote with Council Members Bollman, Feroleto, Nowakowski, Pridgen, Rivera, and Wyatt voting for it. Council Members Golombek, Scanlon, and Wingo voted against the plan.

If this bill becomes law, these changes are scheduled to take effect on September 1st. Mayor Brown has 10 days to sign the bill, making it law, or issue a veto. Mayor Brown has been outspoken with his support for the school zone speed program, and does not believe this program should be ended, vetoed the last bill that was passed by the Council at the end of 2020.

If the Mayor does issue a veto to this bill, the Council does have enough votes to override the veto and force this bill into law.

We're just going to have to wait and see what happens.

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