Red Light Cameras
Florida lawmakers may be getting ready to ban red light cameras across our state, but many communities are continuing plans to install new cameras at problem intersections. The Central Florida town of Clermont is the most recent community to announce plans to install the devices. City officials recently announced that they would be adding these devices at 13 intersections along State Road 50 and U.S. Highway 27 to prevent accidents and discourage drivers from disobeying traffic signals.
Ocoee city commissioners have voted to allow the installation of three additional red light cameras after police showed them that the cameras can be used to solve other crimes besides drivers disobeying a traffic signal. Ocoee Police used footage from a camera already in place to help solve a recent homicide and received permission to place red light cameras at three busy intersections: westbound State Road 50 and Blackwood Avenue; westbound S.R. 50 and Maguire Road; and eastbound Silver Star Road and Clarke Road.
In a development that James O. Cunningham and other Orlando personal injury lawyers are monitoring very closely, Orlando city officials have announced that they may ask the Florida Supreme Court to determine the legality of their red light camera ticket program. A recent ruling by the 5th District Court of Appeal ruled that when the city began the program, Orlando was preempted from launching it at the time because that decision should be made at the state level. Despite the Court of Appeal’s ruling, Florida laws governing red light camera ticket programs have changed, allowing local governments to begin such programs and making the court’s ruling moot.