Traffic cameras are an innovative and extremely functional use of video surveillance technology. You’ve seen their footage during traffic reports on the TV news. They’re atop traffic signals and placed along busy roads, and at busy intersections of the highway. Whether they’re recording traffic patterns for future study and observation or monitoring traffic and issuing tickets for moving violations, traffic cameras are an explosively popular form of video surveillance.
Traffic cameras placed at common congestion points on highways, freeways, interstates and major arteries often share feeds with news outlets – both radio and TV, which in turn pass them onto commuters in the form of traffic reports. Normally, traffic flows do not vary much from day to day, but in the event of a severe accident or road closure, a traffic alert can be extremely valuable for a time-crunched commuter.
Traffic cameras that simply monitor car flows on roads and major arteries are often maintained by state departments of transportation. Along with monitoring the roads for accidents or major closures, footage from traffic cameras is influential in decisions regarding future road development and construction.
Cameras located on heavily congested freeways, highways, interstates and major road arteries share their video feeds with both television and radio news stations, who then pass the information along to commuters via traffic reports. Traffic patterns vary and there are times when a road closure or severe accident occurs and traffic alerts help commuters cut valuable time off their drive.
State departments of transportation use traffic cameras to monitor vehicle flow on streets, roads and major arteries. Besides monitoring the our roads for closures or accidents, traffic camera footage helps the state department make decisions regarding our future construction and road development.