But if you want to be sure just wait for a ticket in the mail.
(just kidding of course)
A lot have signs warning of the camera. Look on the near and far corners for a box rectangular box mounted on a pole looking diagonally down into the the intersection from both directions.
Don't confuse the cameras mounted on the cross bar above the light. Those are just traffic sensors and replace the wires in the road.
The red light cameras in my area all have warning signs posted a short distance before the camera. Speed cameras are another matter, especially the mobile ones. Usually there is no warning--except folks ahead of you frantically stomping down on their brakes!
The strobe flash is the most immediate way of identifying a camera without a GPS.
All joking aside, there are some photos of camera types on this forum and most municipalities in my area use signage of some sort warning of Photo radar or red light camera enforcement.
All the ones around here have big signs announcing their presence.
Same here signs mark the cameras.
sign you want to look for is something like this:
"Section 2B.46 Photo Enforced Signs (R10-18, R10-19)
A TRAFFIC LAWS PHOTO ENFORCED (R10-18) sign (see Figure 2B-1) may be installed at a jurisdictional boundary to advise road users that some of the traffic regulations within that jurisdiction are being enforced by photographic equipment.
A PHOTO ENFORCED (R10-19) sign (see Figure 2B-1) may be mounted below a regulatory sign to advise road users that the regulation is being enforced by photographic equipment.
If used below a regulatory sign, the PHOTO ENFORCED (R10-19) sign shall be a rectangle with a black legend and border on a white background."
The above is from the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices published by the US Dept of Transportation. Note there are 2 signs each with its own option. The first instance states a sign can be placed at the jurisdictional boundary. This sign reads "Traffic Laws Photo Enforced" while the sign at or near a camera simply reads "Photo Enforced". Some localities have a picture of a traffic light along with the wording.
I don't remember seeing that when I got one for myself in Maryland. After I got one I went by that intersection and did not see any sign at all.
Here's what our signs look like..
They are posted in all directions at traffic light camera intersections, (even though the cameras only work in one direction).
Also... Most police departments list where the cameras are located on the internet. Try Google for the local PD web page in the area you are interested in and dig around there.
I believe in California the signs are mandatory -- I'll check my books tonight.
(the signs are mandatory but the cameras aren't -- a few intersections in Sunnyvale and Mountain View that have photo enforcement signs but no cameras.)
Got a ticket at an intersection on Northern Blvd in Queens but no sign was visible.
The way the MUTCD reads, use of signs is NOT mandatory, it's optional. Note the use of the words may and if.
I lived in Queens NY up until last year and i've never seen one of these signs ever> i drive in manhattan now everyday with my gps and i dont see no signs there either.
Just look and all four corners as you go thru the intersection, that's about it...
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