Laser scanning technology will produce 3D pictures of crash sites
The amount of time motorways in Kent are closed for after a
crash could be cut by laser scanning technology.
Millions of pounds are being spent on scanners which produce 3D
images of crash sites.
They save investigators painstakingly surveying multiple
sections of a scene – a process which can take several hours.
Instead, digital images can be viewed remotely on a computer
screen, allowing investigators to measure distances between
vehicles and other objects and examine important evidence left at
Assistant Chief Constable Sean White, of the Association of
Chief Police Officers, said: "Police forces acquiring this
equipment will be in a better position to manage such critical
events in a more efficient way and present the most accurate and
detailed evidence from the laser scanning devices to criminal,
civil and coroners' courts.
"The equipment will be deployed day and night and will make a
real difference to improving the capability of collision
investigators, reducing delays for all road users and re-opening
motorways and other strategic roads at the earliest
In 2010, crashes caused more than 18,000 full or partial
motorway closures, lasting a total of more than 20,000 hours.
The scanners cut clear-up times by an average of 39 minutes.
Roads minister Mike Penning added: "There's nothing more
frustrating than being stuck in a traffic jam for hours on end. But
even worse than that is the shocking £1bn cost of those lost hours
for our economy. That's why we're determined to improve the
clear-up of accidents so we can get our motorways re-opened as
quickly as possible."
In total, 27 police forces in England and Wales have been
awarded £2.7m by the Department for Transport to help pay for the
Kent Police will get a total of £160,000 to pay for two
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