Due to the coronavirus pandemic, an issue that was garnering much attention in the City of Buffalo this past winter was put on hold. Now that school has resumed to some extent, it is time to revisit the money grab scheme called the 15 mph speed limit in school zones. Fifteen miles per hour is next to impossible to maintain on busy city streets; it is almost like standing still.
Not only is the reduced speed limit too low, I contend that it is not necessary to have this limit in place from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. or 4:30 p.m.. depending on location. The more reasonable solution would be to have 25 mph in school zones from 7:30 to 9 a.m. and resume from 2 to 4 p.m. For example, the Town of Amherst posts speed limits of 30 mph in school zones on Main Street from 7 to 8 a.m. and 2 to 4 p.m., not all day.
It is absolutely a money grab to keep this impractical 15 mph limit in effect when students are supposed to be in school. It would be interesting to see how much money the city has made by hiring an out of state company to ticket drivers based on footage from the cameras placed in school zones throughout the city.
Using Delaware Avenue as an example, it certainly is not as busy a thoroughfare as Main Street in Williamsville. The same can be said of most of the city streets where the 15 mph limit is posted.
If a modified approach works in Amherst, it should be worth trying in Buffalo. The 15 mph speed limit in school zones is just another poorly thought out restriction, similar to 30 mph on Route 198, that has been imposed on Western New York drivers to make money.