A new $300-million automated traffic camera system in Washington DC is the latest in a growing list of technologies being developed for police.
A recent report from the National Institute of Justice found that police in the United States were spending a lot of time looking at cameras to prevent crime, but they could also be used to catch motorists who are not obeying traffic laws.
“In most states, traffic cameras are legal in the sense that they are a part of the traffic enforcement program, but it’s often unclear who is on duty and when,” says Peter Gorman, an associate professor of criminal justice at Western Michigan University.
“They can be a tool that allows police to detect criminal activity that might be related to other criminal activity.”
The camera system used by the Metropolitan Police Department is based on the cameras in Australia.
The systems work like this: A car that is behind the camera is equipped with a camera.
When a motorist makes a right turn or a left turn, a signal lights up indicating that the vehicle is approaching the camera.
As the car moves, the camera moves toward the direction of the motorist.
When the motorists eyes are open, the video feeds are recorded and the signal flashes, indicating that a traffic violation has occurred.
The camera is set to record for 30 seconds, with the cameras’ resolution set to 2,920 x 1,080 pixels.
It records video for 30 minutes, and if there are no violations, it goes off.
The cameras are controlled by an online software system that is constantly updating and re-scanning the video feed.
The system then sends the footage back to the police department.
Gorman says that in many cases, the police will pay for the equipment themselves.
“It’s an incentive to have the cameras because they can make money off of them,” he says.
“When it’s on the street, you know you’re getting a real value out of the cameras.”
Another system is called Traffic Camera Tracker, which uses a system that monitors traffic cameras and uses a camera to record the traffic.
The program is set up to monitor the cameras for two to four days and is not intended to catch criminals.
Gogan says that while police have been using cameras for years, it’s rare for police departments to be able to put the cameras into service on a large scale.
“This is really new technology,” he said.
“We’ve had a couple of examples in Australia, where police had some problems with them, but most of the time they worked fine.”
A video camera system that tracks a car through time will also be a big deal for police in California.
The California Highway Patrol is using a technology called Traffic Tracking System, which is able to track a car’s speed and speed at different times.
The technology was developed by an Australian company called Aereo and is used by police departments around the world.
It is also being used by companies in the U.S., such as Tesla, to help police catch speeding drivers.
The state of California has been able to purchase more than $1.5 million worth of Aereo’s Traffic Tracking Systems, but the state says that money will be used for other purposes.
The new traffic camera systems are a welcome addition to the U,S.
law enforcement community, says Gorman.
“The technology is very promising and we’re just excited to see how these systems work,” he adds.
The idea of automated traffic cameras is nothing new.
Police departments have used video cameras for decades, but this is the first time we’re seeing a system designed to catch people who are breaking traffic laws, rather than criminals.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 5,955 traffic-related fatalities in the USA in 2017, which was the most since 1999.
According the US Department of Justice, nearly two-thirds of those fatalities involved pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.
“Most of the accidents are pedestrians or cyclists who are struck by vehicles,” says Gaiman.
“So, we’ve been working on a technology that could capture the data of the vehicle that caused the collision.”
In the future, Gaiman says that police will need to learn to use the new technology more often.
“As the technology improves, we’ll see that the cameras become less of a threat,” he predicts.
“But we still have to keep in mind the human element.
The human element is still there, even though it’s more difficult to capture.
We have to use all the data that we can and try to keep up with what’s going on in the real world.”