Osceola County commissioners recently announced that they plan to install red-light cameras at ten intersections in unincorporated locations of the county. Since Florida lawmakers passed legislation allowing their installation in 2010, red-light cameras have been installed in many locations throughout our state. The devices have already been installed in several locations in Orange County, including the cities of Orlando, Apopka, Edgewood, Groveland, Maitland and Winter Park.
Once the devices are installed in Osceola County, drivers who disobey traffic signals will receive $158 tickets in their mailboxes. They will have the option to contest the fine before a hearing officer, but will have to pay an additional $250 is the red-light violation is upheld by the officer. Osceola County will receive $75 of the funds collected for each fine, with the remaining $83 sent to state coffers.
Despite numerous endorsements from Florida law enforcement agencies, which claim that red-light cameras reduce accidents and save lives, many Floridians still renounce them. They claim that the devices violate their constitutional rights and are a simply revenue streams for cash-strapped counties and municipalities masquerading as safety measures. No matter which side of the issue you are on, red-light camera fines in central Florida have resulted in large payouts in recent years. Over the past two years, Apopka has received more than $3.6 million in red-light violation fines, with Orlando close behind at $3.4 million in revenue from fines.
Osceola County officials recently announced that they plan to install red-light cameras at the following intersections in the near future, based on traffic volume and accident rates:
- Pleasant Hill Road and South Orange Blossom Trail
- West U.S. Highway 192 and North Poinciana Boulevard
- Cypress Parkway and North Doverplum Avenue
- North Orange Blossom Trail and East Osceola Parkway
- South Poinciana Boulevard and South Orange Blossom Trail
- Vineland Road and Polynesian Isle Boulevard
- Vineland Road and North Poinciana Boulevard
- South Poinciana Boulevard and Pleasant Hill Road
- Celebration Avenue and West U.S. Highway 192
- Partin Settlement Road and East U.S. Highway 192
As an Orlando auto accident injury lawyer with nearly 40 years of experience, Mr. Cunningham has seen the catastrophic and life-changing injuries caused by negligent drivers who run red-lights. Since 1977, he has worked hard to help accident victims receive the compensation they need to pay bills, recover from their injuries and get on with their lives. If you have been injured by a negligent driver and want to speak with Mr. Cunningham, call him today at 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587) to schedule your free consultation.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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