In a move fully endorsed by Orlando personal injury attorneys and others throughout the area, Kissimmee has announced that the city will install red light cameras at ten of its busiest intersections this summer. The city will be the first city in Osceola County to install the life-saving cameras, and many hope that other Central Florida cities will also have red light cameras installed soon. The city plans to have the cameras in place and issuing tickets to red light runners by mid-August. The move follows other cities in Central Florida that have taken this step to protect everyone at busy intersections. Nearby Longwood is planning to install four cameras soon, Winter Park currently has two in place and Apopka has six. Orlando leads the way with 17 red light cameras located at some of the region’s busiest and most dangerous intersections.
“Many people drive on our streets very aggressively,” said Kissimmee Vice Mayor and City Commissioner Art Otero. “The light changes to yellow or to red, and some people think it means ‘go faster.’ We want to curb this behavior and have a safer city. That’s why we’re going for these many cameras.”
The exact locations for the new cameras have not been chosen yet, but a traffic safety committee comprised of city officials, local business owners and residents expects to announce the locations soon. Kissimmee’s busiest and most dangerous intersections are likely targets as they have unacceptably high percentages of drivers who run red lights.
Kissimmee Mayor Jim Swan said the cameras have been planned for many years.
“It’s a public-safety issue,” Swan said. “This is a good tool that can help us avert accidents.”
Drivers who disobey traffic signals will receive a $158 ticket by mail, $75 of which will go to the state and the rest distributed to Kissimmee and the camera vendor. One city official was quick to point out that these tickets will not be a source of income for the city.
“Our portion of the ticket will barely cover the cost of the review process,” he said. “We expect to break about even.”
Anyone who runs a red light in order to save a minute or two is taking a very serious gamble with his or her life and the lives of people in or near that intersection. Disobeying a traffic signal is the epitome of reckless, negligent driving, and anyone injured by these drivers needs an experienced, aggressive Orlando personal injury lawyer to help him or her seek damages. That’s why so many injured people choose James O. Cunningham. He has helped injured people for more than 34 years and is a strong advocate for red light cameras and accident victims’ rights. Call 888-425-2004 or 407-425-2000 today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.
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