New red light cameras coming to Orange County

New red light cameras coming to Orange County

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Orange County drivers beware: 80 brand new red light cameras will be installed in the next two years.  Some will be installed as early as Thanksgiving.

"We looked at the crash rate at all the intersections in Orange County and we took the intersections that have the worst crash rate to install new red light cameras," said the Red Light Enforcement Safety Program manager Krista Barber.

Barber says on average 8 people run red lights at the intersection of Clarcona Ocoee Road and Pine Hills Road every day. In 2009, 34 crashes happened due to drivers blowing the red light. Now this intersection will be part of 40 intersections with new red light cameras installed in a year.

"We hope that by bringing the red light running program it makes people more aware of the signal and drivers' behavior that they slow down on yellow and stop on red," said Barber.

A couple of miles down Ocoee Road there is a red light camera at Hiawasee. Between July 2011 and June 2013 crashes dropped about half from 34 to 16.

"On average on the 10 locations there was a decrease in the crash rate," stated Barber.

Due to the program's success, there will be even more red light cameras 80 of them, in the next two years. Some drivers are not happy like Arthur Galmitz.

"Red light cameras are just wrong," said Galmitz. "Sometimes you can't stop. Sometimes it's more dangerous if it's yellow and you need to go."

While other drivers are mixed about red light cameras like Leshia Hodge, "It's good and bad," she said. "But I do slow down every time I see a camera because I'm trying not to get a ticket."

If you do get a ticket be prepared to pay anywhere from $100 to more than $250.

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