In your attempt to make it to work or a social engagement on time, you may have sped through a yellow light in Louisiana, one that snapped you blazing through an intersection just as the light turned red. Is it worth you fighting the ticket you got in the mail?

To help answer this question, rely on Tech-FAQ’s insights. Learning how traffic cameras work can help you determine which approach may work best to combat your traffic violation.

Camera positioning

One of the first things to know is that you can find traffic cameras in areas where there is a lot of traffic, at problematic intersections and areas where the weather often takes a turn for the worst. Rather than focus on giving out traffic tickets, some cameras allow public access so motorists can get real-time traffic and road condition updates.

Red-light camera

The camera that snapped your pic was likely a red-light camera. When you reach the end of a lane facing a red light, or when you hit the middle of an intersection after the light turns red, the camera takes a photo of your face or your license plate. After identifying you through a database, the system mails you a ticket and informs law enforcement.

Induction-loop trigger

Traffic cameras can also work off loops buried under stop lines. Electricity generates a magnetic field that runs through the loops. Should a vehicle breakthrough that magnetic field when the light turns red, it activates the traffic camera.

Hidden cameras

You may not have seen the camera that snapped your picture, even though you looked for it. Cameras could be in the bushes or on top of a nearby property.

This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.