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Road conditions have been treacherous and difficult to drive in recently. But does that mean you can get out of a red light or speed camera ticket?

These cameras don't pay special attention to the weather. Citations are given out if you break the rules -- even in icy or snowy conditions. And they're always watching.

This Muscatine driver said he's paid over $375 in fines because of them. 

"I don't want to slam on my brakes and have someone rear end me or I rear end someone else," said Jacob Orr from Muscatine. "It's very unnerving going through those lights."
     
In Muscatine and Davenport, red light and speed cameras are put in to help keep the roads safe -- especially intersections. But a Muscatine Police Sergeant said if you understand how the cameras work, you can avoid getting their hefty fines. 

"It's if your vehicle is still approaching that stop bar or stop line, light turns red and you still continue into the intersection," said Sgt. Vincent Motto of the Muscatine Police Department. "That's when you're going to get the citation."

Intersections with a red light or speed camera have a white bar painted on the road. If your car has passed the line and you're beginning to enter the intersection. They say to keep going through it. 
     
If the light turns red before you pass the white bar -- you will get a ticket if you run the light. 

"The intention of the red light camera is safety," said Sgt.Motto. "The last thing we'd want to do is create a safety hazard by people by intentionally emergency braking so they avoid a red light citation."

But there is a way out of paying for them. 

Sgt. Motto said you can appeal your ticket if you feel you have been wrongly given one, especially in winter driving conditions.