Gone are the days when traffic enforcers have to man the streets and pedestrian crossings to ensure that everyone, drivers and pedestrians alike, follow traffic laws.
There are not-really-hidden cameras along the road, especially on major highways, that can record and capture any infractions so that traffic violators have no choice but to face the consequences of breaking any rules.
If highways and roads have cameras, is it the same for pedestrian crossings and traffic light crossings?
Do they have cameras too? Let’s find out!
Here’s What You Need To Know About Cameras At Pedestrian Crossings:
Most pedestrian crossings have a sensor, but only a few have cameras. Cameras are usually only placed at pedestrian crossings in big cities with busy junctions. In most cases, they are used to detect traffic to adjust the length of the green light based on changes in the traffic volume.
Do Pedestrians Crossings Have Cameras Pointing At Cars?
Most pedestrian crossings have sensors that are used to detect the average speed of cars and other vehicles on the street.
In highly civilized countries or areas, these sensors are equipped with artificial intelligence (AI) and the latest technology to control the traffic lights based on how fast the vehicles are running on average.
This also helps determine the priority.
In some pedestrian crossings, the cameras are pointed at cars. These cameras are usually hidden and often used to detect vehicles so that the traffic signals and length of green lights can be adjusted when necessary.
Ideally, you would want the green light for vehicles to last longer when there’s a high traffic volume.
Do Pedestrians Crossings Have Cameras Pointing At Pedestrians?
Pedestrian crossings are placed on roads to let people cross safely without the risk of getting hit by a speeding car or any other vehicle.
Of course, people cannot just cross a pedestrian crossing at any time. There are only certain times when people can cross: when the light turns green for pedestrians while the light is red for vehicles.
In some pedestrian crossings, cameras may point at pedestrians, but this isn’t often the case. In most pedestrian crossings, there are sensors instead of cameras.
These sensors and cameras are used to detect the presence of people crossing. This is used to make adjustments to the traffic signals when necessary. A busy pedestrian crossing would need a longer walking time to accommodate the many people crossing the street.
In most countries, the minimum walking time for pedestrian crossings is 7 seconds. This means pedestrians have at least 7 seconds to cross the street before the vehicles start running again.
The walking time is usually calculated assuming that most people walk at an average speed of 3 to 4 feet per second, but the walking time can also largely depend on how big the road is.
For bigger roads and busier junctions, the walking time can be anywhere between 10 and 30 seconds. That is to give more than enough time for people to safely cross the street.
Do All Traffic Light Crossings Have Cameras?
In busy roads and highways with a lot of traffic, having cameras places is quite common. These cameras can be used for law enforcement to capture when traffic law infractions occur.
These cameras can also help law and traffic enforcers discover who the perpetrator is by capturing the vehicle’s license plates and tracing them back to the vehicle owner’s registration data.
Not all traffic light crossings have cameras, but some of them do.
Usually, these cameras are not used to enforce traffic rules and regulations. Instead, they are mostly traffic detection cameras.
Traffic detection cameras are equipped with the latest technology to discern the presence of vehicles. This will allow traffic signals to respond to the increase and decrease in traffic volume by changing the length of green lights. If there is a huge volume of traffic, you can expect the green lights to go on longer than usual.
Law enforcement cameras at traffic light crossings are not that common. Less than 1% of traffic light crossings have enforcement cameras.
So if you see a camera at a traffic light crossing, it is safe to assume that it’s for traffic detection rather than law enforcement.
Of course, that doesn’t mean you can just break the law. Following traffic rules and regulations, even with no hidden cameras, is crucial to ensure everyone’s safety.
How Can You Know If A Pedestrian Crossing Has A Camera?
While most people would say that they have never seen a camera at a pedestrian crossing, you may be able to spot one when you’re crossing a busy junction.
You would know if a pedestrian crossing has a camera if a small black box is on top. This box would closely resemble the box that goes with closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras.
But then again, that black box could be the sensor.
You can distinguish a sensor from a camera based on how it looks and works. If it flashes, then it is most probably a camera.
What Is The Footage Used For?
Depending on what the camera is for, the footage can be used for a few things.
If the camera is used for traffic detection, then the footage is mainly just for observing and predicting traffic volume trends.
This is to make important adjustments in terms of priority based on the volume of vehicles and pedestrians so that the traffic runs smoothly.
If the camera is used for traffic law enforcement, then the footage can be used as evidence in case of an infraction. The violator can see what they’ve done to break the law by playing the footage.
Traffic and law enforcement officials can also use the footage to determine who the traffic violator is.
These cameras usually have good image quality that they can capture the plate number on vehicles. These plate numbers can then be traced to the vehicle’s registration data to get the owner’s contact information.
Can You Get Fined For Crossing A Red Light Based On Video Footage?
The short answer here is yes. You could get fined for crossing a red light if it was captured on video footage.
Traffic law enforcement cameras are designed to capture infractions and violations, so if your violation was captured on video, then you can get fined for it.
A traffic law enforcement officer will issue a citation if you get caught running a red light based on video footage. This citation would require you to pay a fine or appear in court during a specified time.
Of course, it will be easier for you to pay a fine, but that means having the violation appear and stay on your record for up to 3 years. This can affect the rates that you can get for car insurance.
You can also opt to appear in court and testify about it. From here, you can plead not guilty and say that you disagree with the alleged violation. You must have a statement to defend yourself, and simply saying that you are unaware of traffic laws is often not good enough.
In general, getting a “not guilty” verdict would be hard if your traffic violation was caught on camera and there is video footage as evidence.
Ultimately, it doesn’t matter if there’s a camera.
Whether you’re a driver behind the wheel or a pedestrian crossing the streets, it is your responsibility to follow traffic rules and regulations because these laws are made to keep you and everyone else safe.