The Role of Traffic Safety in Safer Communities Webinar

by MDalton 1. July 2020 09:11
 

On Tuesday June 23rd, Laser Tech and Retired Sheriff Whetsel hosted a webinar on the role of traffic safety in safer communities. LTI’s Traffic Safety Product Manager, Vinny Alvino joined Sheriff Whetsel on the conversation of traffic safety.

Safety on the roads is incredibly important. Over 100 people die every day in traffic crashes due to speeding, distracted driving and driving while under the influence. Not only do you put yourself at risk, but you also put everyone else on the roads at risk. More...

An Unlikely COVID-19 Outcome: Speeding

by MDalton 28. April 2020 08:15

Across the world, stay-in-place orders during the COVID-19 pandemic have mandated people to stay at home. More people at home means fewer people on the road, and in theory creates safer roads. Unfortunately, with significantly fewer cars on the road, police officials have observed an increase in speeding and reckless driving. Without the usual traffic constraints, drivers are taking advantage and pushing their speeds to the limits across the United States and Europe.More...

Everything You Need To Know About IACP 2019

by admin 23. December 2019 12:54

Discovering the latest equipment, tech, and software solutions for the traffic and public safety markets is what makes the International Chiefs of Police (IACP) conference so memorable. This previous October, even with the frigid Chicago temperatures, was no exception.

Throughout the show, IACP exhibitors had one central focus: Solutions.

As budgets continuously tighten within the public safety markets, departments are having to do more with less, driving manufacturers to provide affordable data-driven solutions for community policing. More...

The Dos and Don’ts of Mapping: Time and Life Saving Tips

by TNyland 19. April 2019 06:57

Investigating a fatal accident means there is little to no room for mistakes. Even the most experienced investigator can make a novice move, and it comes down to always being equipped for the worst. Arriving on scene only to discover your equipment is outdated, has low battery life, or has been left behind, requires the roadway to be shut down even longer for scene preservation.

Investigators are already under enough pressure to collect and document evidence as quickly as possible, having to stay on scene even longer due to lack of preparation not only increases the chance of secondary crashes, but can also wound your reputation on scene. More...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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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