cctv on traffic lights? can anyone help?!

(15 Posts)
lilymum Fri 05-Jan-07 08:48:05

Trying to figure out if the cameras sitting atop of some sets of traffic lights are cctv/police ones. Moved off before lights had changed from red (traffic on the other side had started to do so, and I thought the lights had malfunctioned on my side, turned out it wasn't the case), and am now completely paranoid that have officially jumped a red light, and will receive fine. It's doing my head in as I'm normally very scrupulous about driving carefully.

MrsBadger Fri 05-Jan-07 08:55:54

Police cameras to catch people jumping the lights will flash if triggered, like a speed camera, so if it didn't flash you're probably ok.

What they probably are are traffic control cameras so the people/computers in the control room can see how heavy the traffic is, how many cars are queueing etc and adjust the phases of the lights accordingly so the traffic flows smoothly.

Don't go mad worrying about it!

lilymum Fri 05-Jan-07 10:08:47

Thanks MrsB, am actually having restless nights worrying about this - among other things - but then as I'm 8 months preggers am just going mad anyway...

mysonsmummy Fri 05-Jan-07 10:27:19

MRS B - i didnt know they did that. ive been driving for 20 years as well.

lilymum Fri 05-Jan-07 10:49:46

Scary how many cameras are pointing at you as you go about your daily life.

lilymum Fri 05-Jan-07 17:32:32

Forgot to say before that it was on a pedestrian crossing, one of the ones that films people crossing the road and waits until its clear before changing back to green (can't remember acronym). Would this make a difference? Needless to say crossing had been clear for some time before I moved on. I just can't stop worrying about this...

winestein Fri 05-Jan-07 17:35:06

Don't worry - they are sensors. Depending on the type of crossing they either sense people or cars.
They are often mistaken for cameras

winestein Fri 05-Jan-07 17:36:31

Mrs Badger... the cameras that look at heavy traffic are much much higher up in the air on big masts. The things on traffic signals don't "see" anything

winestein Fri 05-Jan-07 17:37:12

Lilymum... it was probably a puffin crossing

lilymum Fri 05-Jan-07 17:38:31

winestein, phew, thanks. How do you know all that? Are you a traffic cop?

winestein Fri 05-Jan-07 17:39:25

Lol.. no, I am a Traffic Engineer. I know a little bit about traffic signal installations

lilymum Fri 05-Jan-07 17:41:24

Oh, that's OK then... My brother in law is a cop, lovely bloke, nothing against them...

dailfc Sat 02-Nov-13 13:16:49

Hi im not sure where to post this but this seemed kind of related I was involved in a collision monday which wasnt my failt however the liable driver is trying to blame me, it was very close to a set of traffic lights on coychurch road bridgend, by asda if anyone knows the area, I was wondering if anyone knows if there is cctv on the lights or road as it was not my fault, or does anyone know where I can find out if where there are cctv cameras on traffic lights etc, thanks

dailfc Sat 02-Nov-13 15:21:42

Hi im not sure where to post this but this seemed kind of related I was involved in a collision monday which wasnt my failt however the liable driver is trying to blame me, it was very close to a set of traffic lights on coychurch road bridgend, by asda if anyone knows the area, I was wondering if anyone knows if there is cctv on the lights or road as it was not my fault, or does anyone know where I can find out if where there are cctv cameras on traffic lights etc, thanks

DifferenceEngine Sat 02-Nov-13 15:24:45

Dailfc start your own thread in legal matters...

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