Orange County Sheriff increasing in-park traffic enforcement |

Orange County Sheriff increasing in-park traffic enforcement

Test Track, with new speed measuring signs. Photo courtesy Disney Tourist Blog, modified & used by permission.

March statistics show an increase in citations for speeding, impeding traffic, and unsafe turns.

WALT DISNEY WORLD, FL — The Orange County (Florida) Sheriff’s Department is putting out the word: a traffic violation is a traffic violation, even in a Disney park. Break the law, and you will be ticketed, often before you even reach the gift shop.

“It’s true, we’ve been cracking down,” says Sheriff’s Department spokesperson Jun Sheriff (no relation). “Test Track in Epcot has always been a haven for speeders and reckless drivers. And although we’d issue a citation occasionally for extreme cases, usually we’d let them slide. Well, no more.”

Not just a stroll(er) in the park

Sheriff (no relation) says that after speeding tickets, stroller violations are the next most common.

“We see folks pushing strollers who cut people off, run over pedestrians, fail to signal turns, you name it! Seriously, some of these people should not be permitted to drive a stroller.

“And most of the time, if they’re involved in a collision, they’ll leave the scene without exchanging insurance information as required by law. Pathetic.”

Speed trap?

Orlando attorney Miles Korrow, who often represents individuals who receive traffic tickets in Walt Disney World parks, has a different viewpoint.

“It’s a money grab by the county, pure and simple,” Korrow tells Uncle Walt’s Insider. “The deputies know they can issue six citations for each Test Track vehicle — and none of the riders are actually driving the car!”

Sheriff (no relation) disagrees. “Florida law is clear that no mental state is required for a speeding violation — you don’t have to intend to speed to be in violation.”

So how can Test Track riders keep from getting a ticket, we asked?

“Simple,” says Sheriff (no relation). “Try to get in a car with at least one really big fat guy. The extra weight and added wind resistance will slow the car down.”

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Cover photo: Test Track, with new speed measuring signs. Photo courtesy Disney Tourist Blog, modified & used by permission.