School zone cameras allowed in Buffalo

Cuomo signs legislation allowing city to install cameras in school zones

Mike Baggerman
August 09, 2019 - 12:32 pm

Students at Leonardo daVinci High School. September 6, 2018 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Governor Andrew Cuomo this week signed legislation which would allow the City of Buffalo to establish speed cameras in school zones.

The programs allows the city to enforce speed limits in school zones using cameras that record speeding violations in real time without the need for a police officer at the scene. School districts would then give the video to the city, who can then fine the person who sped through the school zone.

Under current law, a police officer must be at the scene of the speeding violation in order to issue any ticket.

"School speed zones cameras are really important to keeping children and families safe in the City of Buffalo," Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said. "This will be important in areas of the city where we have high traffic, where we have children going to school, and where we have families taking their children to school, to make sure that those areas are safer for our youth and families in the City of Buffalo."

The governor's office said that since a similar program was developed in New York City in 2013, there was a 21 percent drop in people who were killed or severely injured in crashes within a school zone.

According to the law, a fine for speeding in the school zone is $50.

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