Have you ever looked on the stop and go lights and see all the attachments they have on them. Some look like over sized light bulbs. You may also see a small round item with clear plastic on the bottom of it. More than likely this is a surveillance camera.
On September 6, 2012, I was on the corner of Lower Afton & McKnight
Road. I noticed on all four stop & go lights there were long tubes
like cameras or something similar such as that attached to
the overhangs over the street. There was one on each overhang facing
oncoming traffic. So for example, if you were heading south on
McKnight, the overhang would have the equipment facing you coming from the
north on the south side of the intersection. The local governments that intersect or could be responsible at that location are St Paul, Maplewood, and Ramsey County.
With license plate readers in the news and my own interest on privacy matters in regards to surveillance I decided to do a data practices request of those local government law enforcement agencies to find out what they may be.
" I wish to inspect and
review all government data related to the use of those cameras-equipment
or what ever kind of instruments it is on the corners/intersection of
McKnight & Lower Afton Road."
The responses were as follows:
"SPPD does not have cameras or other instruments at
Lower Afton and McKnight. You may want to check with traffic control
Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office does not have any equipment as described
deployed, or any activities involving such, located at the intersection
of Lower Afton & McKnight Road. From your description of the
equipment I would make inquiries with agencies involved with traffic
control. Since McKnight Road is the borderline of the cities of Saint
Paul and Maplewood, and McKnight is a County Road, your inquiry could
possibly include the Ramsey County Public Works Department, City of
Maplewood Public Works, City of Saint Paul Public Works, or Minnesota
Department of Transportation. If the equipment is actually deployed by
law enforcement you may want to make inquiries with the Police
Departments of the cities of Saint Paul and Maplewood."
"Maplewood has nothing to do with the devices you mentioned. Our
public works director does not think they are cameras but vehicle detection
devices to trip the semaphores. You can contact Ramsey County Public Works to