• Orange County set to begin using more red-light traffic cameras


    ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Orange County officials will activate new red-light traffic cameras at five intersections Tuesday.

    Next week four more will begin operations.

    The additional cameras are coming into use a state lawmakers discuss banning them.

    When the new cameras are put in use, the intersection of Orange Blossom Trail and Holden Avenue will be one of the first state roads in the area to have a red-light camera.

    Signs in the areas where the cameras have been installed warn drivers when the cameras will be put to use.

    Wilfredo Narvaez lives in Holden Heights and said he doesn't plan on getting caught by cameras near his neighborhood.

    "Everywhere you go you're like, "OK, there's one here, there's one over there," said Narvaez.

    Channel 9's Racquel Asa learned the county had to wait to turn cameras at the four intersections next week because it still needs to properly time the yellow lights to new standards that give drivers extra time.

    "Any violation that doesn't meet the yellow timing would be dismissed," said Orange County official Krista Barber.

    Depending on what state leaders decide, the county may not be able to install the additional 40 cameras they have planned for the next fiscal year. One of the bills being considered by state leaders wouldn't allow cameras to be installed after July 1.

    "We had already expected to expand the program prior to the legislature gathering and whatever happens with the bill, we'll take care of it as needed," said Barber.

    The county might need to hire additional staff to handle all the violations, depending on how many people are ticketed for running red lights. County officials said they won't make that determination until their next budget.

    Orange County officials also said there's a clause in its contract that would protect it from having to pay for uninstalling cameras if the law on red-light cameras is changed.

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