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CSP Uses Drones to Process Car Accident Scenes

Published: March 31, 2021 003 10:00 am

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drone flying near house | CSP Uses Drones to Process Car Accident ScenesThe scene after a motor vehicle crash is a chaotic and dangerous one. First responders put themselves in harm’s way in order to save lives and clear roadways, often without always knowing the extent of the danger they face, and what the particular threats may be. 

But crash scenes are also important sources of evidence, evidence that may be needed for any number of legal or insurance purposes. On top of that, crash scenes can be extremely disruptive, causing traffic congestion that could possibly delay thousands of people. 

And that delayed traffic can actually cost lives, because according to the United States Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration, for every minute a crash scene poses a disruptive hazard, the chance that a second crash will occur increases by 2.8%. That means that the faster a crash scene can be processed and cleared, the safer everyone is. 

In 2020, the Colorado State Patrol investigated 3,511 traffic crashes that resulted in fatalities or injuries, almost ten a day. That’s no small feat. To help improve the efficiency and effectiveness of crash scene investigations and cleanups, the CSP is turning to a modern tool: Drones. 

There are dozens of CSP troopers all around the state of Colorado, that are training to become certified drone operators. The troopers will use small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) to help reconstruct crash scenes and manage traffic incidents. 

The drones enable police investigators to greatly reduce the time it takes to process a scene, turning what can be hours into minutes. They’re also far more accurate because drone mapping provides more comprehensive documentation, enabling investigators to capture topographic data using high-resolution aerial images, that can then be used to create 3D models of accident scenes. 

According to Captain Aulston of the Colorado State Patrol: “By using this technology, we can complete our investigations even quicker and with greater accuracy. Oftentimes, we can complete the mapping step of the investigation in 10 minutes or less.”

The use of these drones will not only improve the quality of these investigations, and reduce the time it takes to get traffic flowing again after an accident, they’ll help protect the lives of other motorists, as well as the important first responders who won’t have to put themselves at risk quite as much. 

“While Coloradans will rarely see them in action, we are aiming for motorists to experience less disruption on our roadways. It’s great to use this new tool that speeds up the process while also helping everyone get where they need to be, safe and sound,” stated Captain Aulston.

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