RedFlex - Red Light Camera Program
Making Balch Springs' Streets Safer
Passed by the City Council (City of Balch Springs Ordinance No. 2040-08), the automated traffic enforcement initiative is intended to combat the problem of red light running in Balch Springs.
If a vehicle enters the intersection after the light turns red, it is detected automatically and the camera system records the violation. A $75 civil citation is sent to the registered owner of the vehicle. The citation includes photos of the violation and a video is available for the vehicle's owner to view online. The citation does not go against the owner's driving record.
A total of six cameras were installed in February 2010 at the following locations:
- Westbound Lake June Road at Interstate Highway 635
- Eastbound Lake June Road at Interstate Highway 635
- Westbound Lake June Road at Hickory Tree Road
- Eastbound Lake June Road at Hickory Tree Road
- Westbound Lake June Road at Peachtree Road
- Eastbound Lake June Road at Peachtree Road
Red Light Running Statistics
A nationwide study of fatal crashes at traffic signals in 1999 and 2000 estimated that 20% of the drivers involved failed to obey the signals. In 2005, more than 800 people were killed and an estimated 165,000 were injured in crashes that involved red light running. About half of the deaths in red light running crashes are pedestrians and occupants in other vehicles who are hit by the red light runners.
For More Information
Learn more about the Red Light Photo Enforcement Program by reviewing the program's informational handout. The goal of the program is to make Balch Springs' streets safer by decreasing the number of red light runners and reducing injury collisions.