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  •  The main purpose of traffic cameras is monitoring (5+ / 0-)

    traffic conditions. Traffic reporters and drivers can learn about congestion in real time and make travel choices accordingly. The technology and uses for the cameras have evolved since DOTs first started installing them in the early 1990s. They are capable of doing a lot more than just providing traveler information these days. Some detect red-light runners. Some provide feedback to traffic signal systems. Some record license plate numbers. But most of them don't do any of those things. Their main purpose is still provision of real-time traffic conditions.

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