Red Light Cameras

Why Red Light Cameras Are Necessary
  • A crash caused by a driver who runs a red light is more likely to result in serious injury or death.
  • Deaths caused by red light running are increasing at more than three times the rate of increase for all other fatal crashes.
  • More people are injured in crashes involving red light running than in any other crash type.
Keeping the Public Safe
Reduction in red light running through a comprehensive red light camera program promotes and protects the public health, safety, and welfare of Mesquite Citizens.

The City of Mesquite contracts with Redflex Traffic Systems to provide the red light camera enforcement program. Reflex installs and maintains all equipment related to this program and process and review all violations captured by the equipment.

How a Red Light Camera Works
The system is activated when motion is detected just prior to the stop bar after the traffic signal has turned red. The camera system takes a series of two images: 
  • The first image shows the vehicle before crossing the white stop line after the red light was illuminated.
  • The second image shows the violator in the middle of the intersection with the red light illuminated.
The license plate image is a close-up from one of the images captured. Data including the time, date, and duration of the yellow and red lights is also recorded.

Red Light Running Violations
A red light running violation occurs when a motorist enters an intersection after the traffic signal has turned red. Motorists already in the intersection when the signal changes to red, when waiting to turn for example, are not considered red light violators.

Red Light Camera Locations
The City Council has approved the installation of Red Light Cameras at 4 intersections:
  • East service road of IH635 (service road for north bound IH635) at Military Parkway (currently in operation)
  • East service road of IH635 (service road for north bound IH635) at Town East Boulevard (approved 8-20-2012)
  • East service road of IH635 (service road for north bound IH635) at Oates Drive (approved 8-20-2012)
  • South bound exit ramp of IH635 at Oates Drive (approved 8-20-2012)