WFTV investigation leads to more red-light tickets being thrown out in Winter Park

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WINTER PARK, Fla. - In addition to hundreds of other tickets, Channel 9 learned Thursday that Winter Park plans to throw out 200 more red-light traffic tickets.

In all, 760 drivers won't have to pay their ticket, which comes out to nearly $120,000 in fines.

For weeks, Channel 9 analyzed red-light camera images from Winter Park and other surrounding cities and discovered more than half of Winter Park's cameras we shortchanging drivers of yellow-light time.

Some intersections, like the ones at Lee Rroad and 17/92 and Lakemont and Aloma avenues, were off by as much as half a second based on new yellow-light time standards that went into effect Jan. 1.

"As soon as you see yellow you better slam on the brakes because it will switch to red and you will get a ticket," said driver Clem Gray.

Drivers who received a red-light ticket at certain intersections between Jan. 1 and Feb. 5 could have their tickets thrown out.

The city admitted its Public Works Department never lengthened the yellow-light times when the standard changed at the beginning of the year and the city only corrected the lights after Channel 9 pointed out the mistake.

Drivers who have already paid their ticket will get a refund in the mail.

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