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Speed 'hump' program aims to slow motorists in city neighborhoods

A pilot program to reduce speeding in Buffalo began this week with the temporary installation of 10 speed humps in five city neighborhoods.

The locations were based on residential complaints to the Mayor's 311 Call and Resolution Line and from requests from the Department of Public Works and Buffalo Police, said Mayor Byron W. Brown.

The speed humps are rubber mounds placed on streets to slow traffic. Their shape is more gradual and elongated  than that of speed bumps, which are commonly used in parking lots where speeds already are lower and there is less chance of a motorist losing control when hitting one.

Police enforcement of speed limits may follow removal of the speed humps, Brown said.

The effort is part of his Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program.

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