BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- People living in Buffalo’s Parkside neighborhood are fed up with drivers. New video shows car after car ignoring stop signs near where kids get picked up for school.
Our News 4 cameras didn’t have a difficult time capturing drivers skipping the stop sign at the intersection of Greenfield and Russell Streets.
“On several occasions when crossing the street with my kids here, cars act surprised to see people and often they’ve sped up at the stop sign,” said Brent Patterson, who lives on Greenfield St.
Patterson captured about a minute of video last week showing cars ignoring the traffic signs.
“I was out with my kids waiting for the bus but the bus was late so I thought I’d record some of the cars running through the stop sign,” he said.
Patterson was standing at the corner with his nine and six year old sons. He also has two other children.
We asked if he worries his kids will get hit by a car and Patterson said, “Yes. All of the time.”
Buffalo police told News 4 that since January 1, 2015 there have been two or three crashes on Greenfield St.
We asked Common Council Member Joel Feroleto what’s being done to make the road safer. He told News 4 that when he saw the video last week he immediately asked Buffalo Police for more patrols.
“They have been pulling people over and writing tickets,” said Feroleto. “It’s a residential area, we want people to be safe. We want people to be obeying stop signs.”
The Parkside Community Association said it’s a step in the right direction but more can be done.
“Enforcement is only one small piece of the solution to this issue,” said Executive Director Amber Small.
Small said they also want to see additional traffic calming measures in place.
“We don’t want more cars going in our neighborhood streets, trying to cut through really quick on their morning commute,” said Small.
Council Member Feroleto agreed with Small.
“The City of Buffalo and Department of Public Works is working on retiming the traffic signals on Main St. to try to promote more people to use Main St. to get to and from downtown,” said Feroleto.
The goal is to discourage drivers from cutting through the side streets.
“The Main St. retiming isn’t going to solve the traffic problems itself but it’s a huge piece of the puzzle,” said Amber Small.
Small told News 4 the Parkside Association is working with the city on other ways to calm traffic. She said this spring, $500,000 will go towards improving the intersection of Parkside and Florence Avenues.