School Zone Safety Program FAQs

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WHAT IS THE SCHOOL ZONE SAFETY PROGRAM?

The School Zone Safety Program protects children and pedestrians by using automated speed cameras to capture vehicles exceeding the speed limit in school zones.

 

HOW DOES IT WORK?

If a car is speeding through a school safety zone, photographs and video are recorded by state-of-the-art technology and the registered owner of the speeding vehicle will receive a speeding citation in the mail. Each violation is reviewed by several levels of trained technicians to verify vehicle information, and photo and data quality. Photographs are taken of the rear plate of the vehicle and the driver is not visible on the citation.

 

WHERE ARE THE AFFECTED SCHOOL ZONES?

A list of affected school zones can be found at buffalony.gov/SZSP. Warning signs and flashing beacons are displayed at each affected zone. Please also visit buffalony.gov/SZSP for any updates. Automated speed enforcement will be in effect up to one hour before and after arrival time; one hour before and after dismissal time; as well as one half-hour before and after extracurricular activities.

 

WHY IS THIS HAPPENING?
Speeding is a factor in one-third of all fatal crashes in the United States and remains in the top reasons for child fatalities. Mayor Byron Brown is committed to taking action to address speeding and calm traffic. This program is the next step in the Mayor’s comprehensive response to citizens' input and 311 concerns.

 

ARE SPEED ENFORCEMENT CAMERAS LEGAL?
Yes, changes in state laws now allow Buffalo to use automated speed enforcement technology. View the legislation HERE.

 

WHEN DID THE SCHOOL ZONE SAFETY PROGRAM START?

The School Zone Safety Program commenced with a warning period in January 2020. The program went live March 11, 2020, and was paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Cameras resumed capturing violations beginning October 13, 2020. After holiday and winter breaks, the program resumed March 1, 2021.

 

BUFFALO PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE ON REMOTE LEARNING. WHY ARE SCHOOL ZONES BEING ENFORCED?

Many private and charter schools resumed in-person learning in September 2020.


WHAT HAPPENS IF I RECEIVE A CITATION?
Violations of speeding in a school zone carry a fine of $50.00. The responsible party is the registered owner of the vehicle regardless of who was driving. There are no driver license points associated with a School Zone Safety Program citation. 


HOW DO I VIEW CITATION INFORMATION?
All violation information can be viewed at www.viewcitation.com. You will need the citation number and pin number printed on your notice in order to log in. You will the be able to view photographs, video, contest your citation and make a payment.

 

CAN I CHALLENGE MY CITATION?

Yes. You have the right to request a hearing under a number of valid defenses. To request a hearing, please refer to the back page of your citation.  
The fastest way to schedule a hearing is by web. Pick your own date and time to fit into your schedule. Locate your citation number and pin printed on your notice of violation and visiwww.viewcitation.com using any device.
Hearings may also be requested by mail or over the telephone. 
Mail
Citations Processing Center, BFLO
PO BOX 7200
Beverly, MA 01915

Web:
www.viewcitation.com

Phone:
1-855-370-4229 or 716-851-5182
*Parties other than the registered owner must have notarized consent from the registered owner in order to proceed with a hearing.  

To download the Non-Appearance Form CLICK HERE.