Elias contacted 17 News. He wants to know what the cameras on top of traffic lights and light posts are used for.
He says they don't appear to be the standard red light cameras. They are not marked and appear to be bullet-style cameras. A sample can be found on Calloway Drive and Norris Road.
Barry Nienke with the Kern County Roads Department, says they're camera detectors that are used in lieu of the wire loop detectors in the roadbed to detect vehicles for the traffic signal system.
He says camera detection is used throughout the metro Bakersfield area.
The advantages are that you don't have to cut them into the road and they don't need to be replaced when the road is capped or rebuilt.