Evolving Tech Has Shifted How Investigators Reconstruct a Crash Scene

by TNyland 22. March 2019 10:12

The constant change in our human infrastructure in developing a modernized autonomous society is affecting the frequency and types of traffic crashes investigators will come to see. To stay relevant, we must change with the world: altering procedures, replacing outdated equipment, and furthering our education and/or trainings. Investigators have been transferring from the old school method of documenting a scene with a tape measure and wheel, into the digital age of lasers, scanners, drones, and mapping software.

Clearing and documenting a crash scene are both equally important procedures that need to happen after a traffic crash. Officers and investigators are under a lot of pressure to document a scene as quickly, accurately, and effectively as possible, as no one incident is the end as the risk of secondary crashes are a dominant threat. More...

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Thirteenth Ken Jordan Award for Excellence in DUI Enforcement

by TNyland 28. February 2019 14:55

Ken Jordan was a DUI Colorado Springs Police Officer who was killed in the line of duty on December 4, 2006. Jordan responded to help two other officers with a traffic stop. As he approached the stopped car to evaluate the suspect of driving under the influence, the driver pulled out a handgun and opened fire.

To honor Officer Jordan's life and work, the Ken Jordan Award for Excellence in DUI Enforcement was created by the Pikes Peak Region DUI Task Force. This award honors a law enforcement officer that has been recognized by their peers as an individual who regularly goes the extra mile in DUI enforcement. More...

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You Bought A Drone, Now What?

by TNyland 28. February 2019 13:54

The following information is compiled, and simplified information taken from the FAA website on how to register your drone.

Drones are becoming the latest craze for all types of industries, hobbyists, and educators. Whatever your drone will be used for, there are rules and regulations one must follow before you can officially prepare your drone for takeoff.

The first step is to register your drone. All drones must be registered unless your drone weighs under 0.55 pounds. If you are caught with an unregistered drone, civil penalties can cost up to $27,500, and criminal penalties can cost up to $250,000 and up to three years in jail. More...

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Drone Mapping: Aerial and Ground Measurements

by TNyland 14. February 2019 11:26

The rapid advancement and multiplying options have drastically reduced the cost of drones, shifting business models for a variety of industries. The number of public safety agencies acquiring drones has risen by 82% in the last year alone. Drones and lasers are transforming the way investigators collect their data on scene and are rapidly becoming one of the most invaluable tools for investigators who are tasked with accurate crash, crime, and fire analysis.

Drones provide many benefits to crash, crime, and fire investigators, and while there is a cool and fun element to flying a drone there are extensive rules, regulations, and certifications that need to be completed before one is able to fly their drone high in the sky and take their investigative skills to the next level. More...

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New Ohio Traffic Laws Are Aiming to Reduce Distracted Drivers

by TNyland 12. February 2019 07:33

Distracted driving killed one person every two and a half hours in 2016. According to the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration (NHTSA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), 3,450 people were killed by distracted driving in 2016.

On October 29, 2018, Ohio's House Bill 95 went into effect. With this bill, law enforcement officers are not required to prove that a driver is texting while operating a vehicle, but only that a moving violation has occurred, and/or that the driver was distracted at the time. More...

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Revolutionizing Crash Reconstruction with Drones and Lasers

by TNyland 23. January 2019 12:18

Drones and lasers aide traffic crash officials in reducing secondary crashes by spending less time on scene.

"Road safety is an issue that does not receive anywhere near the attention it deserves – and it really is one of our great opportunities to save lives around the world," Michael Bloomberg, WHO Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Disease and Injuries. The Global Status Report on Road Safety of 2018 states that road traffic accidents claim more than 1.35 million lives each year: globally. That's 3,750 lives each day. Furthermore, road traffic crashes are now the leading cause of death for individuals between the ages of 5 and 29 years old. More...

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School Safety Zones: Is Your Child Really Safe?

by TNyland 28. December 2018 09:01

School Safety Zones: Is Your Child Really Safe?

57 million children travel daily to and from school in America, either walking, biking, taking the bus, or are being dropped off. School safety zones require drivers to slow down and take precaution for potential children that may be around: however, traffic accidents are the leading cause of injuries/death for school-aged children. School safety zones are the most prevalent for a child to be struck by a vehicle compared to any other location.

School zones are areas outside of schools, playgrounds, and areas immediately around any type of school bus or transport vehicle with children being both picked up and dropped off. More...

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Distracted Drivers Increase Motorcycle Fatalities

by TNyland 20. December 2018 11:11

America's distracted driving epidemic is increasing the amount of motorcycle fatalities throughout the country. A study that was recently published in Social Science & Medicine discovered that states who implement strict law bans on cell phone usage reduce motorcycle fatality rates by as much as 11%.

Researchers analyzed the total number of traffic-related fatalities from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System between the years of 2005 – 2015: specifically, motorcycle-related deaths throughout the country. More...

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The Pros and Cons of Today's Mapping Technology

by TNyland 17. December 2018 13:15

Many traditional crash, crime, and fire scene mapping practices are being replaced by the advancement of new mapping technology in today's marketplace. With the addition of drones, 3D scanners, robotic total stations, and LTI lasers, it's enough to make any investigator's head spin. Searching for the right equipment that best suits you and/or your department’s needs while staying in budget can be a discouraging task.

With an ever-evolving landscape of mapping technology, Laser Technology (LTI) developed a four-part webinar series dedicated to crash, crime, and fire investigators to help educate and share information regarding today's mapping technology. The first webinar "Today's Mapping Technology: The Pros and Cons of It All," was hosted on December 4th, 2018 to over 100 attendees. More...

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How to Completely Change Civilian Driving Behavior

by TNyland 12. November 2018 14:12
LTI's TruCAM II speed enforcement tool being
tested by Sarajevo Canton Police Department

Sarajevo is the capital city of the Bosnia and Herzegovina. It belongs to one of ten cantons of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BH).

Surrounded by the Dinaric Alps and residing next to the Milijacka River, it is a beautiful destination to be visited, with a variety of historical tourist destinations, yet a treacherous driving environment for locals.

According to the official statistics, the ratio of road fatalities in BH is around 10,3 against 100.000 citizens; that is three times higher than Western Europe. Almost 380 people die every year on BH roads, while 11.000 get injured. A study showed that every year the Federation of BH faces approximately 250 fatal casualties and over 6.800 injuries in traffic accidents. Between the cost of medical treatment, property damage, administrative work, productivity loss etc., the economy of BH is losing over 400 million EUR a year (more than 5% of its annual GDP).More...

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