Recent statistics on the number of crashes in Kissimmee point to the conclusion that overall camera-enforced red lights do not decrease the number of crashes at some of the busiest intersections in Osceola County. Since 2011, the number of vehicle crashes, especially rear-end collisions, has risen.
Orlando auto accident lawyer James O. Cunningham has been following the debate about red light cameras for several years now. He fully supports installing these devices because studies have shown that when drivers know the cameras are installed at an intersection, they are much less likely to disobey traffic signals. Opponents of the cameras say that they are more of a revenue stream for cities, counties and the companies who make the cameras and are not effective at preventing accidents at intersections.
Despite well-documented studies that illustrate how red light cameras reduce accidents, injuries and deaths caused by drivers who disobey traffic signals, a great deal of misinformation persists about these safety devices. That is why James O. Cunningham and other Orlando car accident attorneys are happy that a local television station has taken steps to debunk some of this misinformation. Orlando station WFTV recently investigated two of the more common myths about red light cameras and their effectiveness and aired their results during newscasts.
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Orange County officials are planning to install as many as 80 additional red light cameras at dangerous intersections throughout the county over the next two years, but they are holding off on installing them until Florida legislators make a decision about them slated for next spring. Currently, there are ten red light cameras in place in Orange County, which were installed after lawmakers approved the cameras and the $158 fines for running red lights. The use of the cameras was approved in recent years, but a bill in the Florida House last spring proposed eliminating these cameras. The bill did not pass, but opposition to the life-saving cameras remains strong, and Orange County officials want to make sure red light cameras laws will remain legal before investing in their installation.
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