In a move that Orlando personal injury attorneys and lawyers throughout Central Florida welcome, Kissimmee officials have approved new red light cameras at some of the city’s busiest intersections. Red light cameras have been installed at the intersection of Main Street and Neptune Road since early in 2012, and the city recently installed others at Thacker Avenue and U.S. Highway 192. In June, the city will install more cameras along Highway 192 intersections with Thacker Boulevard, Bass Road and John Young Parkway. Kissimmee spokeswoman Carla Banks said the new sites were chosen due to high traffic volume and persistent problems with drivers disobeying traffic signals.
Kissimmee officials have named other intersections that will also have red light cameras in the near future: Michigan and Osceola Parkway, John Young and Carroll Street, John Young and Emmett Street, Main Street and Columbia Avenue and 192 and Michigan Avenue. Officials have not announced when these new cameras will be installed but expect to have them in place and documenting red light runners by the end of the year.
The cameras have been very effective at catching drivers who run red lights in Kissimmee. For example, the cameras installed at Main Street and Neptune Road have provided images of an average of 22 red light runners a day since they went live. Violators receive a warning from the city for the first 30 days that the lights are in operation and being tested. After the initial trial period, violators receive a $158 ticket in their mailbox. Officials report that they plan to add another ten red light cameras in the near future after the first ten cameras are installed. In related news, Orange County officials have announced that they will continue expanding their red light camera program, with an additional 40 cameras planned for intersections in addition to the ten already in place. Since their program began early in 2011, the county has issued more than 20,000 tickets to violators.
James O. Cunningham and other Orlando personal injury lawyers fully support any measures that reduce auto accidents in our area, including red light cameras. These traffic safety devices are proven to discourage drivers from running red lights and have saved lives here in Florida and throughout the rest of the country. That said, 20,000 tickets issued to Orange County drivers over the last couple of years illustrates the scope of the problem here in Central Florida and how far we have to go to make area roadways safer. If you or a close family member has been injured in an accident caused by a driver running a red light, you have a right to seek damages against the negligent party. Call James O. Cunningham today at 888-425-2004 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.
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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