ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - A Channel 9 investigation has found that red-light cameras have caught a number of Lynx buses rolling through intersections after the lights changed to red.
Investigative reporter Christopher Heath obtained copies of each incident involving a Lynx bus.
In almost two
dozen red-light camera videos obtained by Heath, Lynx buses are photographed as they break the law. The fine, more than $150, is paid by the ticketed driver.
Bus passengers told Heath that while running red lights sometimes appears unavoidable, most drivers try and stop.
Besides the danger of running the light, and the fine, Lynx officials said they also suspend drivers.
Officials said drivers are suspended five days for their first ticket, 10 for the second and a third ticket means termination.
Lynx officials said red-light violations since
January 2013 are actually down, and systemwide, Lynx drivers are handling 66 routes and 4,400 stops , with very few crashes.
Heath discovered that some places are more prone to violations, and that may have something to do with the routes.
Of 13 citations issued by the city of Orlando, five were issued at the intersection of Robinson Street and Rosalind Avenue. The speed limit is 25 mph, but several videos show Lynx buses running the red light.
A union representative told Heath that route times are too tight and unrealistic and that drivers are under pressure to get
from stop to stop as quickly as possible.
Lynx officials disagree with that and said drivers are never encouraged to break the law in an effort to maintain route times.
Lynx issued us a statemen late Tuesday saying it would "rather a bus sit at a red light and be late than deal with the alternatives."