Traffic Enforcement Camera Law and Legal Definition

A traffic enforcement camera is an automated ticketing equipment. Such cameras are used to catch motorists who violate certain traffic laws. The camera tickets offenses such as unauthorized use of a bus lane, passing through a red light, and exceeding the posted speed limit. This machine contains a camera that may be mounted beside a highway or on a traffic enforcement vehicle to detect traffic regulation violations. It is also known as road safety camera, road rule camera, photo radar, speed camera, or Gatso.

These traffic camera systems are being used in many states of the U.S. Such cameras are intended to reduce the number of traffic accidents and related injuries. However, many motorists oppose the practice of using such cameras. Many drivers feel victimized by a system of automated monitoring and automated ticketing.