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Lower school speed limit at midday serves no purpose but to impose fines

Buffalo Public Schools officials have this wrong. The hours to impose a 15 mph speed limit around 10 city schools should narrowed to times of arrival and departure.

Leaving midday hours in place punishes drivers, and perhaps sends more pocket change to city coffers. It’s not worth it and could be self-defeating, if not dangerous, when drivers notice warning signs at the last minute.

The Common Council, which set the 15 mph speed limit last year, has proposed an amendment to the program establishing enforcement of the speed limit around 10 schools only from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. and from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. The speed limit would be 30 mph outside those hours.

It makes sense.

Common Council President Darius G. Pridgen said he will seek to re-establish the school speed limit at 20 mph.

Flashing beacons are now working on Delaware Avenue at Canisius High School and on Jefferson Avenue at the Stanley Makowski Early Childhood Center. The beacons will flash when the school speed zone limits are in effect.

Objections are not about putting motorists’ interest ahead of school children but about common sense.

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