Red light cameras are automatic ticket-issuing systems that are placed at traffic intersections to detect when a vehicle runs a red light. Once detected, the red light camera will take pictures of the vehicle and its license plate during the traffic violation and send these to the department of motor vehicles. Red light cameras are generally easy to spot as they are bulky systems and consist of a large box and 2 external flash lights mounted on each end of the intersection. Red light cameras are usually placed at busy intersections as well. This type of traffic camera is quite common in busy intersections since red light running is a serious offense in most areas.
Red light cameras do not issue moving violations or criminal charges and are administrative violations, similar to a parking ticket. Thus, you do not have to be “caught” in the act by an actual police officer to be ticketed.