Running Red Lights

Representing Orlando, Tampa, Miami and Nearby Areas of Florida

According to the Fatalities Analysis Reporting System (FARS), there are more than 1.8 million car crashes at intersections each year. Nationwide in 2004, over 900 people were killed and another 168,000 injured as a result of careless drivers running redlights. In Orange County, Florida alone in 2005, there were 622 automobile accidents caused by running redlights. Another 108 auto accidents were caused by running redlights in Seminole County, and another 72 occurred in Osceola County.
Orange County recently conducted a study of the five busiest intersections in the area. This study showed that more than 11,000 drivers ran redlights at these five intersections IN ONE SINGLE DAY!!! The City of Orlando set up a camera at a Hiawassee Avenue intersection recently and photographed over 7,500 incidents in the nine months between November 2005 and August 2006. Orange County is considering using automated enforcement, i.e. cameras at intersections, to issue citations in an effort to reduce accidents at intersections. The City of Orlando recently enacted an ordinance allowing fines to be levied for running redlights based upon automated camera enforcement. The City of Apopka has also recently passed an ordinance authorizing the use of cameras to fine drivers who run redlights.

 

You can help improve traffic safety in Central Florida by obeying all traffic laws and driving safely and attentively. Wear your seatbelt, obey traffic laws, don’t talk on the phone or text while driving, and pay attention. If you want to get involved in helping make Central Florida roadways safer, visit MetroPlanOrlando for more information.

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