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Buggin' - Red light tickets in Balch Springs

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Drivers in Balch Springs are learning a lesson the hard way -- a $75 dollar ticket for running a red light.

They're bugged because they say video shows they clearly stopped at the intersection at 635 and Lake June Road for several seconds, so they turned to FOX 4's Saul Gsmorarza for help.

It happened to Cassandra Tutt. She received a $75 citation last month for running a red light, but says that never happened.

"I stopped," she said. "Stopped and then I proceeded.

The red light camera video shows Tutt's white car stopping at the intersection, then waiting at least five seconds as cars go by.

She then makes a right turn.

"I brake, and then because I can't see, I continue to go up and I cross their line, and then the ticket is then issued to me," said Tutt.

Justin Thompson got two tickets last December.

A video on Dec. 9 shows him stopped at the crosswalk for at least six seconds before making a right on red.

A couple of weeks later, he got another ticket, but again, video showed him stopping. That time, he stopped for at least seven seconds.

Thompson and Tutt are not alone -- 11,156 red light tickets were issued in 2012 at that intersection alone.

Last year, that number was 8,326 

At $75 a pop, that's almost $1.5 million for the city of Balch Springs.

Policesay drivers can creep up past the crosswalk to see if there's oncoming traffic, but theymust first stop before crossing the line. However, Thompson and Tutt say they have no choice but to creep onto the crosswalk before stopping because of obstructions at the intersection.

"There's bushes, there's a car…all kinds of elements that block your view from making the right," said Tutt.

Balch Springs Police Lt. Mark Maret says officers who review the video do have some discretion when deciding to issue the citations.

"What they'll look at is how much of the car goes over the line," said Maret. "If the majority goes past, then that's when they'll prove that it is a violation."

"This ticket is not fair and I'm gonna fight it all the way," said Tutt.

So is Thompson.

Both have court hearings next month.

FOX 4 will let you know what the judge decides.

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