The Common Council successfully voted 6-3 Tuesday to end the School Zone Camera program at the end of the school year. Masten District Council Member Ulysees O. Wingo Sr., North District Council Member Joseph Golombek Jr., and South District Council Member Christopher Scanlon voted vehemently to keep the program in place.
Council Member Rasheed Wyatt, a long time vocal critic of the program, last week introduced a resolution and ordinance amendment before the council to remove the school zone speed cameras by September. His ordinance amendment also calls for changing the school zone speed limit from 15 to 20 miles per hour and for replacing the cameras with radar speed signs and flashing beacons, as well as installing speed bumps as less punitive measures for citizens yet still protecting the children.
The measure now goes to Mayor Brown for approval or veto.
If the mayor, who is a staunch supporter of the cameras, should veto the measure, it will go back to the council. Council Member Wyatt said he is confident that the six members who voted to get rid of the program ,will stand by their decision, which will give them enough votes to override the mayor’s veto