ORLANDO, Fla. - An Orlando man who is taking on the city regarding its red-light camera system said he discovered issues that show some drivers may have been wrongfully ticketed.
David Shaw’s court battle to get public records showing who has received red-light camera tickets in Orlando started last month, but the city has repeatedly denied his requests.
Another man in St. Petersburg made the same request in his city and found American Traffic Solutions, which runs Orlando’s cameras, made mistakes and issued tickets that it should not have.
Shaw said he discovered that at three major intersections, the length of time the light remained yellow changed once the red-light cameras went up.
“A few tenths of a second can mean a definite difference between getting a ticket, and not getting a ticket,” Shaw said.
Records said the yellow light at northbound Semoran Boulevard and Lake Underhill Road lost two-tenths of a second after the cameras went up.
Three-tenths of a second was lost at southbound Conroy and Kirkman roads, according to documents.
The biggest change was at northbound Colonial Drive and Magnolia Avenue.
The yellow light lost half of a second two months after the cameras were installed, records stated.
City officials said they also investigated and contributed the changes to a traffic flow survey that was done by a consultant.
Shaw said he doesn’t believe it.
“It’s a corridor retiming coincidentally two months after a red-light camera went up,” he said. “That can mean several thousand people got tickets, possibly wrongfully.”
City officials said the lights have been corrected.
They have not said if anyone will see a refund of red-light camera tickets during the period the cameras had changed times, the way Winter Park did with a similar issue.