From the beginning, the city of Buffalo the speed camera program was faulty. Now, The Buffalo General Council voted against the program, taking action 6-3 to cancel the cameras that caused so much nervousness. Instead of cameras, the General Council is asking for funds to be invested in infrastructure that will make the streets safer, including the simplest things needed – crossings.
From over-selling tickets in poor areas, over-camera hours and lack of warning signs (for cars heading to speed zones), there is an absurd amount associated with the program.
In its first week of operation, the program received a $ 1 million fine.
“Speed cameras took millions of city residents during the pandemic, and this legislation entitles them to this error,” said Collin Christich, Partner Public Research Fellow for the Public Benefit. “Instead of taking money out of our pockets, the General Council has chosen to invest in our communities and invest in child safety through a traffic-calming infrastructure. It’s a win-win.”
“We don’t praise the general council for prioritizing investing in our streets and mining,” agreed Jalonda Hill, director and founder, Colored Girls Bike Too. “The speed zone camera at the school has once again exposed the long history of punishment and the extraction of millions of dollars from the poorest communities in Buffalo under the guise of security. The decision to end the school camera program, taking into account race, culture, class, gender, disability and public safety, has laid the groundwork for the reconstruction of our streets. ”
Members of the General Council want the program of excessive and invasive cameras to be discontinued by September 1, 2022. At the same time, they think that – until then – the traffic program should not be penalized.
It is now up to Mayor Brown to decide whether he will veto the legislation amending a decision and order issued by it Council Member Rashid White. If the Mayor vetoes the action, then it goes back to the General Council, which needs 6 votes to overturn the veto and pass the law.
At this point, White’s call for the abolition of punishment cells is gaining the support of organizations and residents across the city. If the program is removed, the speed of the school will be limited would be stay in place, not just with the punishment camera system, which was the source of the controversy later. Instead, it was better to move signs, crossings and other soothing infrastructure.
“Yesterday’s decision puts Buffalo on its way to implementing measures that will actually keep our children safe,” said Pilicia Brown, Director of Black Love in Rust. “We’ve seen in Elmwood Village what a calming traffic infrastructure can be. And we know that sustainable, meaningful and targeted investments will always be over-executed. extraction measures. So today we thank the council as we fight for further action to keep our streets safe. ”
“We truly appreciate the General Council for taking this important step towards Just Streets, with an infrastructure that slows down traffic safely and securely; WNY. “These changes will increase the safety of children while promoting racial, mobile, economic and environmental justice in Buffalo!”
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African Health Inequality Working Group + Black love resists rust + Center for Constitutional Rights + VOICE-Buffalo Partnership for the Public Benefit + Erie County Rehabilitation Justice Coalition + National Federation of Fair Communities WNY + New York Citizens Operation + Center for Justice of Fines and Payments + National Center for Economic Law and Justice + The colorful girls are also opening the bike + Buffalo + WNY Peace Center & Network Interfith Network + Medical Education Project + 1199 SEIU United Health Workers in the East