Jamestown City Council Reviewing School Traffic Safety Ordinances

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JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) — Jamestown City Council will review two ordinances during their work session meeting on Monday, focusing specifically on traffic cameras, with the goal of improving school safety.  

There are two proposals on the table, the first would install speed zone cameras within school zones, and the second would install traffic cameras to bus stop sign arms. 

All of this coming to a head from a string of school zone accidents locally almost a year ago. 

This is not the first time the subject came up, in fact, the city initially approved the measure, but due to complications with the contractor, officials decided to move in a different direction.

This time local lawmakers plan to hire Traffipax, LLC out of Jupiter, Florida to install the traffic system.

Violators of school speed zones will be fined $17 dollars per instance.

While the new measure is an important step, one Jamestown area mother tells us it may not be enough, especially when heavy snow falls. 

“It goes back to the city as well because it’s not safe for them to walk on the road because half the roads have huge bumps and it’s not safe for them to even ride a bike on the sidewalks because the sidewalks are not even,” Jamestown mother Iris Bonilla previously told WNY News Now’s Alyssa Wright. 

The other ordinance will allow lawmakers to work alongside BusPatrol out of Lorton Virginia, to set up and install cameras on school bus stop signs. 

The Jamestown City Council work session will take place at 7:30 p.m. with committee meetings meeting at 7 p.m. on the fourth floor of City Hall in the Police Training Room. 

We reached out to Jamestown Public Schools Superintendent Dr Kevin Whitaker today for more on the proposal. He declined an on camera interview and said he’ll defer comment until after the city council makes a final vote on the proposal.


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