Clermont obtains more red-light cameras

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CLERMONT, Fla. - One small city is about to have more red-light cameras than Orange County.

Clermont is making room for two dozen more cameras.

The intersection at State Road 50 and Hancock Road will get the most cameras. A total of four will be installed -- one on every corner -- ready to catch drivers no matter what direction they're traveling in.

Cameras are already waiting to be turned on by a Clermont fire station.

Robert Scambia said he was happy to see the cameras because he's seen people run the light in front of his pizzeria way too often.

"There were accidents in front of the station on Fifth Street and also further down," Scambia said.

When Eyewitness News plotted out the other camera locations on U.S. 27 and Highway 50, a lot of them were fairly close together.

On a 4-mile stretch of State Road 50, seven out of 10 traffic lights are getting a red-light camera.

Once everything is installed, Clermont will have more intersections with red-light cameras than Orange County, the city of Maitland in Seminole County and the city of Orlando.

Orange County announced Monday its cameras have reduced crashes up to 14 percent.

Scambia hopes that will also happen near him and that the camera by his business is just the start.

"I think they should have them all over," Scambia said.

The camera went off a couple times at the intersection Tuesday, but the city said the first tickets would be handed out in December.

Once the cameras are activated next month, the city will have a 30-day warning period.

Drivers will have to start paying for red-light camera tickets in January.