COMPARATIVELY SPEAKING…THERE IS NO COMPARISON!
Next to safety, congestion has become the most critical challenge facing our highway system. Congestion continues to worsen to the point at which Americans spend 4.2 billion hours a year stuck in traffic at a cost of $78.2 billion a year in wasted time and fuel costs--$710 per motorist. The FHWA has factored in the approximately 6,800,000 crashes on our nation’s roadways each year adding $230 billion per year --$819 for each motorist in medical costs, lost productivity, travel delays, workplace costs, insurance costs, and legal costs. Staggering isn’t it?
I point this out simply to illustrate why clearing crash scenes quickly and accurately has now become a premium. Maximizing data collection and beating the clock literally saves billions of otherwise wasted dollars, making Accident Reconstructionists indispensable to their respective agencies. Accident Investigators are among the first arriving at a crash scene. Depending on the degree of severity (if there are fatalities) not only must they collect data, but make sure the scene is secure and remains so while other emergency vehicles, EMT’s, Firemen, and other personnel working the site arrive.
In the August 2012 issue of Law Officer Magazine, Robert Galvin offered a comparative overview of several state of the art mapping instruments currently available to law enforcement. While there was no direct attempt to recommend one system over another, after reading the article it’s clear from a department’s viewpoint the LTI TruSpeed Sx, Impulse, and UltraLyte 200 LR reflector/reflectorless systems offer the most practical solution. The new Sx's light (palm of your hand) and compact design make it easy to set up and tear down using minimal space in an already cramped for space cruiser.
The article also featured the Sokkia SRX series of total stations, Laser scanners, Photogrammetric, and Aerial mapping using Topcon GPT 3207 total station. While all of the above methodologies are accurate and excellent for gathering data, they’re comparatively very expensive and training intensive (two weeks) creating their own set of issues.
All too often after a department shells out big money for equipment and thousands for training the investigator retires, quits, or is otherwise gone, leaving the department with a very expensive instrument without a soul that can use it! Because of the high cost of equipment and training, typically there’s one perhaps two units available. Depending on the size of the jurisdiction long delays often happen while waiting for the investigator to arrive at the scene. Obviously this is an inefficient way to clear a crash site! Each minute traffic is delayed; it takes 20 minutes for traffic to return to normal flow!
Why would any department put itself in a position for disaster?
LTI’s TruSpeed Sx rugged (less than a pound) not only delivers speed and horizontal distance, but vertical distance, slope angle, reflector & reflectorless operation as well. It’s built to be a multifunctional instrument already in the operator’s cruiser and at the ready. For the price of one total station and training, three (3) TruSpeed Sx’s with 2 to 3 day training can be acquired. This assures the department of uninterrupted operation and 24/7 availability.
Read more on how LTI products are assisting Accident Reconstructionists in Crash Scene Investigation. Make sure to also watch Laser Technology's Crash Scene Mapping Tools And Techniques Webinar.
Read the article from Law Officer Magazine.