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Common Council sends mayor measure to end school zone speed cameras

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

University District member Rasheed Wyatt introduced a measure in the Common Council Tuesday to end Buffalo's controversial use of speed cameras in school zones. Six of the nine Councilmembers voted in favor of the resolution, enough to override a possible mayoral veto.

Wyatt has said he wants the cameras replaced with radar speed signs and other measures to slow traffic, like speed bumps, that do not include a fine. Motorists can now receive a $50 fine for driving 26 mph or more over the 15 mph speed limit around 20 city schools.

It would became a city ordinance immediately if Mayor Byron Brown signs it, but the mayor continues to support the cameras.

A spokesman said Brown will review the item and if it's not signed within ten days, it will be returned to the Councils' Legislative Committee. The Council can then vote on it again and if the mayor does not sign it again, it would become law after 10 days.

WBFO's Marian Hetherly contributed to this story.

Mark Wozniak, WBFO's local All Things Considered host, has been at WBFO since mid-1978.
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