Based on the results of a class action lawsuit, Orange County has agreed to refund over $41,000 dollars to drivers that were cited for a red light camera tickets and paid them, between Aug. 1, 2012 and May 6, 2013, at one particular intersection, located at Hiawassee and Clarcona- Ocoee Road in Orlando. After traffic engineers evaluated the yellow light at this intersection, it was determined that the yellow light only lasted 4 seconds, instead of the required 4.3 seconds, that the State of Florida mandates. This means that the county was able to cite many more drivers for crossing under the light while the light was turning red, due to the 0.3 second shortened light time. Innocent drivers were cited and paid the ticket, not knowing they had the chance to contest it.
Overall, Orange County has collected over $8 million dollars, though its red light camera program over the last several years. Refunding less than 1% of the county’s earnings, by agreeing to pay back up to $41,000, does not seem like a major hurdle for the county. In other words, these red light camera citations are not going to stop.
Have you recently received one of these dreaded red light camera tickets in the mail? If so, contact the Law Office of Conan and Herman today to discuss your many options, other than just paying the required fine. Most of the time, we are able to get these red light camera tickets dismissed by a number of different ways. These tickets are being generated by cameras and computers and often times, if a lawyer looks far enough into the process, a mistake has occurred. Call us today for a free consultation and to discuss your options.