Drivers across England are set to benefit from Government funding of 3D laser scanning technology which aims to reduce the time motorways are closed due to crashes. The Department of Transport has provided 27 police forces across England with a total of £2.7m funding, which combined with a National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) contribution, will enable 37 3D scanners to be purchased.
The new technology allows crash investigators to use 3D to see a whole image of the crash site, rather than having to painstakingly survey multiple sections of a scene. The digital image can then be viewed on a computer screen remotely, allowing police investigators to take measurements and assess where vehicles are in relation to each other.
The roll-out of the scanners is part of the Government’s “CLEAR” initiative, which is delivering an action plan to reduce delays for motorists, caused by any incidents, and to keep traffic flowing.
Mike Penning, Roads Minister, said,”There is nothing more frustrating than being stuck in a traffic jam for hours on end. But even worse than that is the shocking £1 billion cost of those lost hours for our economy. That is why we are determined to improve the clear-up of accidents so we can get our motorways re-opened as quickly as possible”.
Mr Penning went onto say,”Today’s £2.7 million DfT funding award will see 3D laser scanners rolled out quickly where they are needed most. This will benefit drivers by reducing incident clear up times by 39 minutes on average”.
IAM (Insitute of Advanced Motorists) director of policy and research Neil Greig commented as follows: “This is a long lasting Christmas present for all those drivers who have ever been stuck for hours while the police sort out the aftermath of crashes. The frustration caused by delays leads to erratic driving, so as well as improving journey times this will also serve to make our motorways safer.”