Traffic Camera or Red Light Camera?

A Traffic Monitoring Camera Is Not The Same As A Red Light Camera

Many of our readers often get confused about the difference between a red light camera and a traffic camera.  Traffic monitoring cameras typically sit on top of traffic lights and monitor traffic flowing through an intersection or on the highway.  They do not take pictures of vehicles that run red lights or issue citations.  Red light cameras are much bulkier and are positioned on the side of the road.  Cameras are typically 10 to 15 feet off the ground and are pointing in the direction of oncoming traffic or sometimes in the rear.  Here is an example showing a red light camera vs a traffic camera.


Red-light cameras require a big tall box near the intersection, this is where there will be a flash and where pictures are actually recorded. Traffic surveillance is just small cameras, usually on top of the intersection, and it's just a regular, small surveillance camera.  

If you do a Google Images search it is wrong.  Here are photos of what red light cameras look like.



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