This issue came to the county’s attention since Orlando began its red-light enforcement program in which cameras at intersections are used for issuing traffic tickets. The new rules will require county workers to pay the fine, and in some cases, to attend a driving safety course in order to maintain employment with the county. The violations will be included in the employee’s personnel records, and repeat offenders will run the risk of suspension or termination. When anyone runs a run red-light, they are putting other motorists at risk for traffic accidents that can lead to injuries or fatalities. But when county-owned vehicles are in car accidents, the costs of those lawsuits are paid by Orange County citizens. Although we must be thankful to county employees for doing the hard work that makes Orange County such a great place to live, the county must do it’s part to make sure it’s employees are driving in a safe manner. Hopefully, this ordinance will help achieve that goal.
As reported by WESH 2 News at WESH.com, in Florida more than 100 people are killed at intersections by red-light runners each year, and more than 6,000 are injured. Yesterday, Orange county commissioners voted to approve a new ordinance that will create penalties for county employees who get caught running red lights while driving county vehicles. In at least three videos obtained by WESH, county vehicles are shown running red lights. Click here to see the video.