Sheriff’s Office warns of bus traffic before Thursday Bills game

Williamsville Central Schools Bus

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) — School buses are going to be an additional traffic element during Thursday’s Buffalo Bills game against the New York Jets.

Stadium traffic is expected to increase around the same time buses are making their after-school routes.

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office says they will have a “zero tolerance” attitude toward drivers who ignore buses during pre-game festivities at New Era Field.

“Every school day, motorists need to be aware of school buses on the roadway, but the presence of school buses near the stadium on game day is an uncommon sight,” Sheriff Timothy Howard said. “This will, in no way, excuse any motorist from charges if they pass a stopped bus.  I have zero tolerance for anyone who passes a stopped school bus and Thursday afternoon will be no exception.”

Because there will be multiple buses and frequent stops, roadways could be slightly more hazardous for drivers and others.

To accommodate local schools, Abbott Rd. in front of New Era Field will be closed at 3:25 p.m. instead of 3 p.m.

Drivers will still have access to short sections of the road ahead of barricades. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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