Buffalo in the ’60s: 10-cent parking, curbing drunk driving

By Steve Cichon

There was near unanimous support to raise the price of the city’s parking meters from a nickel to a dime. It was asserted in a later op-ed that those lawmakers who opposed the increase were hoping to use it as a cornerstone of their re-election bids.

All parking meters in city now will cost 10 cents for an hour

“About 2,000 meters which now give 60 minutes of parking for 5 cents will be changed to allow 30 minutes for 5 cents and 60 minutes for 10 cents. The higher rate presently is in effect at 820 meter locations.”

  • Also published on this date was one of a series of articles in The News this week about an effort to stop drinking and driving from being a socially acceptable behavior.

Social stigma is urged for drinking drivers

“Keynoter John O. Moore, motor vehicle program coordinator, State Motor Vehicles Department, called for enforcement so rigid that it will ‘present overwhelming evidence that drinking drivers are not socially acceptable.’ “

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Steve Cichon

Steve Cichon writes about Buffalo’s pop culture history. His stories of Buffalo's past have appeared more than 1600 times in The Buffalo News. He's a proud Buffalonian helping the world experience the city he loves. Since the earliest days of the internet, Cichon's been creating content celebrating the people, places, and ideas that make Buffalo unique and special. The 25-year veteran of Buffalo radio and television has written five books and curates The Buffalo Stories Archives-- hundreds of thousands of books, images, and audio/visual media which tell the stories of who we are in Western New York.