Red-light cameras installation company picked in Orange Co.



ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - An Australian-based company investigated for bribery in Chicago will not get millions of local tax dollars.

Orange County Commissioners voted against Redflex Traffic Systems, which was hoping to install eight cameras at intersections all over Orange County to the tune of $15.7 million.

The contract went to American Traffic Solutions instead.

A recent investigation into Redflex revealed the bribing of top officials, costing the company the multimillion dollar deal.

"But for the allegations against Redflex, the contract would have probably been awarded to Redflex," Orange County Commissioner Ted Edwards said.

WFTV has learned the company had been investigating similar problems in two other parts of the country.

Back in February Channel 9 found out the city of Kissimmee also uses Redflex.

The company told Orange County Commissioners the latest investigations don't involve any parts of Florida.

"Our interest in communicating openly about our findings is oriented around a view of corporate responsibility we have that calls for a complete transparency," Robert Devincenzi of Redflex Traffic Systems said.

At one point, county commissioners were thinking about splitting the 80-camera contract. Meaning one company would be responsible for half of the cameras, while the other would take care of the other 40.

"It's very hard to award a contract to know we're investing public funds with a company that is going through this," Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs said.

The cameras will start watching new intersections as early as this summer.

Redflex currently operates some of the cameras in the county.