Focus on Safety (Red Light Cameras)

As part of a community program to improve traffic safety, the City of Falls Church issues citations to motorists who are videotaped running red lights at two intersections: eastbound and westbound approaches at Broad and Cherry Streets as well as Broad Street and Annandale Road.


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Monthly Reports

The table above summarizes the number of citations (violations and warnings) issued via red light camera monitoring in the City of Falls Church.
  Eastbound
E. Broad St.
at Cherry St.
Westbound
E. Broad St.
at Cherry St.
Eastbound
W. Broad St. at
W. Annandale Rd.
Westbound
W. Broad St. at
W. Annandale Rd.
Total
August 2016
211 50 132 20 413
July 2016
247 54 128 19 448
June 2016
261 48 142 24 475
May 2016
211 32 153 30 426
April 2016
164 32 165 35 396
March 2016
228 46 135 31 440
February 2016
184
39
236
31
490
January 2016
109
51
164
23
347
December 2015
59
68
201
27
355
November 2015
32
67
215
19
333
October 2015
57
53
193
28
331
September 2015 53
63
174
12
302
August 2015 87
77
183
23
370
July 2015 98
76
200
28
402
June 2015 75
72
206
30
383
May 2015 89
47
209
26
371
April 2015 80
64
222
43
409
March 2015 91 42 206 37 376
February 2015 189 81 186 42 498
January 2015 51
55
176
32
314
December 2014
105 58 159 24 346
November 2014
107 65 169 0 361
October 2014
109 33 205 23 370
September 2014
115 68 185 25 393
August 2014
120 65 196 30 411
July 2014
65 16 94 12 187
June 2014
103 55 199 20 377
May 2014
119 76 182 36 413
April 2014
108 82 215 50 455
March 2014
164 98 140 36 438
February 2014
134 101 131 26 392
January 2014
93 108 236 36 473
Safety Tips
The Falls Church Focus on Safety Program reminds drivers to always approach an intersection safely. Drivers should slow down and prepare to make a complete stop when a light turns yellow. Yellow lights inform drivers about a change in traffic flow. Drivers should also always yield to pedestrians--as they have the right of way--and come to a full and complete stop before turning right on red. Drivers should make sure the roadway is clear before proceeding. It's the law.

Red-Light Violations
A red-light 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 are not considered red-light violators. For example, a driver who enters an intersection on a green light will not receive a citation, even if that motorist must wait until the light turns red to complete a left-hand turn after oncoming traffic clears.

Issuing Citations
The intersection safety camera is activated when motion is detected, indicating a vehicle is entering the intersection after the traffic signal has turned red. The camera captures 2 images of the offending vehicle: one showing the vehicle before entering the intersection on a red light, and one showing the vehicle proceeding through the intersection on red. A video is also made of the violation. The images are reviewed and the violation confirmed by an officer with the Falls Church Police Department before a violation notice is issued.

Fines & Inquiries
Owners of vehicles that are photographed running red lights will receive a notice in the mail and are subject to a minimum fine of $50. Those who receive a violation can obtain additional information or view their photographs and video online. Inquiries about the program can be made to the Falls Church Police at 703-248-5025 or email. Citizens may also call 1-866-790-4111 toll free if they have questions.

Intersection safety is an important aspect of safety in our community for all motorists. Stop on Red!