Modified: September 14, 2016 1:34pm
Stadium traffic will begin during the height of school bus drop off in several surrounding neighborhoods
Buffalo, NY – Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard warns fans driving to New Era Field for Thursday night’s home opener to be very aware of an added traffic element – school bus traffic.
The Erie County Sheriff’s Office is taking a “Zero Tolerance” approach to motorists who ignore stopped school buses as they head to the stadium for pre-game festivities.
Sheriff Howard states, “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. 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.”
Stadium traffic is expected to increase during the same time school buses are completing their after school routes and, considering that multiple school districts serve several neighborhoods surrounding the stadium, buses will be stopping multiple times on streets leading to the stadium.
“If you come upon a school bus, don’t try to pass it, rather be patient because there will be kids getting off that bus and crossing the streets.” Sheriff Howard warns.
To accommodate the school districts and buses, the sheriff’s office will delay the closure of Abbott Road in front of the stadium by approximately thirty minutes (3:25 p.m. as opposed to 3 p.m.). However, once closed, motorists will still be able to access stadium and private lots along short stretches of Abbott Road ahead of the barricades.
The sheriff’s office and surrounding police departments conduct traffic patrols on games days and Deputies will be looking for vehicle violations.