Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Uncle Sam Wants You...

This cracks me up completely. I heard on the radio this morning that some people didn’t even slow down.

Out of Florida this morning and in honor of Gina’s post:

Courtesy of the Orlando Sentinel :

Uncle Sam stops red light runners

posted by Walter Pacheco on Jul 3, 2007 7:01:07 AM

UPDATED: Location of morning traffic operation.

Uncle Sam wants you to slow down today or face hefty fines or even a day in jail.

An Orange County Sheriff's Office deputy dressed as Uncle Sam will be on the look out for red light runners and speeding drivers this morning at the intersection of Alafaya Trail and East Colonial Drive and later in the afternoon as part of a holiday traffic enforcement operation.

The red light running operation is part of the sheriff's office innovative program in which a deputy disguises himself as a popular holiday character and stands on the side of a major road while clocking drivers on a radar gun. In the past, deputies have dressed themselves as Santa, an elf and other popular characters.

Deputies conducted a similar operation last week on Oak Ridge Road and stopped 451 vehicles, issued 241 traffic citations and arrested 26 drivers, according to sheriff's office records. Deputies added that one traffic stop on Oak Ridge Road could help detectives with an ongoing homicide investigation.

A ticket for speeding nine miles per hour over the posted limit may cost a driver at least $80.50, deputies said. The fine for speeding 10 miles over the posted limit increases to $155.50.

Have a safe and peaceful day, everyone...


Gina said...

Wow! They're getting of easy! This is hilarious! : ) Thank you for the honorary mention! : ) Have a great fourth Felecia and family!

Sam said...

This has actually been a huge controversy around here - lots of words like entrapment (which I can see) and unconstitutional (which I've yet to figure out). Having to drive in the Orlando area, though, I'm all for it. Seriously, I'd drive in Southern California or the Bay Area any day over a drive through Orlando. It's insane.

Of course, if you're one of those few people who actually follow the laws, you really don't have anything to worry about!