Eight years after rejecting the idea of installing cameras at intersections to catch drivers who run red lights, Buffalo officials are again considering the proposal after a rash of recent hit-and-run accidents, including two fatalities.
University Council Member Rasheed N.C. Wyatt is holding a public hearing at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Common Council chambers to explore how red-light cameras might help curb speeding. Representatives of GATSO USA, which provides traffic-enforcement cameras to municipalities, will be on hand to describe the benefits of red-light cameras.
Red-light cameras record the license plates of vehicles that run through stop lights and tickets are then mailed to the owners. Mayor Byron W. Brown proposed installing some of the cameras in 2009, but the idea was dropped amid criticism that it was a money grab on the part of the city.