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Watch out speeders! Buffalo launching new crackdown

Buffalo has a new traffic safety initiative aimed at slowing motorists in areas known for chronic speeding.

Amherst Street, for instance, has been equipped with electronic signs with flashing digits to alert drivers of their speed. In a few weeks, police will begin increased enforcement of traffic laws.

The initiative, announced Thursday on Amherst by Mayor Byron W. Brown and North Council Member Joseph Golombek Jr., is part of a $100,000 program to reduce speeding in areas with histories of excessive speeding.

The city has ordered six of the electronic signs and 10 temporary speed humps for neighborhoods selected based on complaints to the city's  311 phone line and from block clubs and city officials. The electronic signs also will be placed on Newburgh Avenue, Warren Spahn Way and Niagara Street near Franklin Street.

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