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Traffic Camera Technology

Brendan Sweeney

Jurisdictions around the Washington region are installing sophisticated camera systems to detect -- and fine -- lead-footed drivers and red light runners. Automated traffic enforcement has polarized communities, prompting complaints, lawsuits and even vandalism. But local authorities insist that new high tech systems are beginning to change our driving habits for the better. Tech Tuesday explores how automated camera systems work and how these new devices affect our behavior on the roads.

Traffic Cameras And Penalties By Jurisdiction

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Source: Insurance Institute of Highway Safety

How Red Light Safety Cameras Work

American Traffic Solutions is the private vendor that currently services red light and speed cameras in the District. The video and graphics below explain how the camera systems detect violations.

The Technology Of Red Light Cameras

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