I was messing around on google maps (I live in England) and never seen this camera type before on traffic lights. Is this a camera that's designed to see if people run red lights or not?

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Here is a full view of the junction, you can see this camera above the light in the middle

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Actually I believe this is a camera that catches those who go through red lights. So as the above camera is at a junction, would it be used to detect cars to change the lights?

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    What country is this in? – Aleks G Nov 21 '15 at 21:02
  • Woops sorry! I'm in the UK – Andy Holmes Nov 21 '15 at 21:02
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    Looks more like a surveillance camera. – Karlson Nov 21 '15 at 21:29
  • Do you reckon so, because of the nature of the road (accidents etc?) – Andy Holmes Nov 21 '15 at 21:33
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    That camera looks to me like it's on a motorised tilt/swivel mount, I would guess it's a video feed to a control room somewhere. – Peter Green Nov 22 '15 at 1:01

I'm fairly sure that your second picture is a speed camera: if it is switched on (most of them aren't at any one time), it automatically takes a picture of any car exceeding the speed limit, and the driver gets a ticket in the post.

The first looks to me like a traffic camera, very similar to normal CCTV. (There is no particular reason for it to be on top of the traffic light, except that it saves the cost and congestion of putting up another pole.) There will be a control room somewhere, and an operator who monitors several banks. These are common on motorways, and not all that rare on dual carriageway junctions such as you show. The Highways Agency say this is to notice accidents and monitor safety rather than to issue traffic tickets; believe what you will.

  • Red light cameras do exist. I see no particular reason to think that the second photo is of a speed camera rather than a red light camera. – CMaster Nov 24 '15 at 13:19
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    Second one appears to be a Peek Camera - speedcamerasuk.com/peek.htm :) – Andy Holmes Nov 24 '15 at 13:59
  • Speed cameras are normally yellow. There are some regulations dictating specifics of what each type of traffic camera must look like. I heard somewhere that the main reason for M25 average cameras being switched off was that they didn't meet the requirements of those regulations. – Aleks G Nov 24 '15 at 16:24
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    @AleksG There are loads of non-yellow speed cameras around - even some camoflaged ones. They are required to be yellow (as well as a bunch of other requirements) if the local authority wants to be able to reinvest money from fines in to traffic safety and management, but plenty of cameras were installed under other schemes witout that requirement. – CMaster Nov 24 '15 at 17:02

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