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Red Light cameras facing oncoming traffic? Why?

 
Anonymous Coward
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08/18/2009 09:37 AM
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Red Light cameras facing oncoming traffic? Why?
Hey all, I wasnt much into the conspiracy scene when they first started using Red Light cameras, so I dont know if there was much debate about them. But the other day I was on a Four lane Hwy, that has the opposite coming traffic seperated by a median.

When I stopped at the stop light and looked up. The camera was facing directly at the front of the cars at the light. If a car runs that light, there is no way the camera could get the license plate. So why are they there? I started looking after that. And they are all like that. except at four ways without a median.

I thought these cameras were specificlly meant to catch traffic violations?
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08/18/2009 09:50 AM
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Re: Red Light cameras facing oncoming traffic? Why?
plate and face scanning cameras
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08/18/2009 09:51 AM
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Re: Red Light cameras facing oncoming traffic? Why?
They can also weight a truck, for instance, in combination with sensors in the ground as they cruise over.
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08/18/2009 09:54 AM
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Re: Red Light cameras facing oncoming traffic? Why?
plate and face scanning cameras
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 348793


Yup, so when you get a ticket they have a picture of who was driving the car. People tried to get out of the ticket saying it wasn't me driving the car. In Phoenix the people who consistently run red lights have learned to cover their face as they go through the intersection. Lots of controversy due to not be able to confront your accuser...and so on.

Others like to give the one finger salute while covering their faces.
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08/18/2009 09:58 AM

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Re: Red Light cameras facing oncoming traffic? Why?
They get a shot of your face, yes, but also they get your tag by using the camera on the stoplight facing the other direction.
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08/18/2009 10:09 AM
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Re: Red Light cameras facing oncoming traffic? Why?
There is no way the camera facing the opposite lane could get your plate. Thats what Im saying. It is a four lane with a Median and the opposite late is too far away for that camera to get your tag.
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08/18/2009 10:13 AM
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Re: Red Light cameras facing oncoming traffic? Why?
i think it's high time we bust this place up

to rebuild america in the image of freedom
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08/18/2009 10:27 AM
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Re: Red Light cameras facing oncoming traffic? Why?
There is no way the camera facing the opposite lane could get your plate. Thats what Im saying. It is a four lane with a Median and the opposite late is too far away for that camera to get your tag.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 3364

No, it isn't. Regardless, the cameras are set up so that a photo is taken of both the the front and rear plates, in addition to the face of who was driving the vehicle. In a lot of places, officials don't care who was driving...it was your car so you still get stuck paying the fine unless the person who was driving is willing to come forward and admit they were the one driving. If it not, then it goes on your record and you probably won't be loaning your vehicle out to anyone again.
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08/18/2009 10:29 AM
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Re: Red Light cameras facing oncoming traffic? Why?
They can also weight a truck, for instance, in combination with sensors in the ground as they cruise over.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 566027

I don't know of any location that does this, it certainly is possible. The sensors on the ground at intersections simply control the traffic light, telling the controller when there is a car waiting.
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Re: Red Light cameras facing oncoming traffic? Why?
There is no way the camera facing the opposite lane could get your plate. Thats what Im saying. It is a four lane with a Median and the opposite late is too far away for that camera to get your tag.

No, it isn't. Regardless, the cameras are set up so that a photo is taken of both the the front and rear plates, in addition to the face of who was driving the vehicle. In a lot of places, officials don't care who was driving...it was your car so you still get stuck paying the fine unless the person who was driving is willing to come forward and admit they were the one driving. If it not, then it goes on your record and you probably won't be loaning your vehicle out to anyone again.
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I guess Im not making myself clear. The only way they could get a picture of my plates with the camera angled the way it is, I WOULD HAVE TO HAVE ONE ON THE FRONT OF MY CAR. This is a FOUR LANE HWY with EACH LANE SEPARATED BY A MEDIAN ABOUT 15 FT. WIDE. The cameras are angled facing down at oncoming traffic on each opposite side at the light, and each to far away to get the plate of leaving traffic in the other lane.
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08/18/2009 10:38 AM
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Re: Red Light cameras facing oncoming traffic? Why?
Are you sure they are cameras and not emergency vehicle detection devices.

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08/18/2009 10:40 AM
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Re: Red Light cameras facing oncoming traffic? Why?
There is no way the camera facing the opposite lane could get your plate. Thats what Im saying. It is a four lane with a Median and the opposite late is too far away for that camera to get your tag.

No, it isn't. Regardless, the cameras are set up so that a photo is taken of both the the front and rear plates, in addition to the face of who was driving the vehicle. In a lot of places, officials don't care who was driving...it was your car so you still get stuck paying the fine unless the person who was driving is willing to come forward and admit they were the one driving. If it not, then it goes on your record and you probably won't be loaning your vehicle out to anyone again.



I guess Im not making myself clear. The only way they could get a picture of my plates with the camera angled the way it is, I WOULD HAVE TO HAVE ONE ON THE FRONT OF MY CAR. This is a FOUR LANE HWY with EACH LANE SEPARATED BY A MEDIAN ABOUT 15 FT. WIDE. The cameras are angled facing down at oncoming traffic on each opposite side at the light, and each to far away to get the plate of leaving traffic in the other lane.
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Oh and this is the OP, I changed browsers, IE was too slow, and now Im on Mozilla. I dont know why my number changes?
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08/18/2009 10:41 AM
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Re: Red Light cameras facing oncoming traffic? Why?
When you get a red light tix, it has pics from front and back. Also an online video that shows the light go green/yellow/red and where your car is in relation to the limitline, when light turns red. It is also timed showing where you are and when. It's quite thorough, actually.
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08/18/2009 10:42 AM
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Re: Red Light cameras facing oncoming traffic? Why?
Are you sure they are cameras and not emergency vehicle detection devices.

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 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 719377


No, it looked like the regular everyday cameras, that we are all used to seeing.





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