Lasers to cut M-way crash closures
New technology to help reduce the time motorways are closed after crashes has been announced by the Government.
In a £2.7 million deal, 27 police forces across England are to get 3D laser scanning technology.
The technology saves time by quickly making a 3D image of the whole crash site, rather than investigators painstakingly surveying multiple sections of a scene.
This digital image of the site can then be viewed on a computer screen remotely, allowing investigators to take measurements of where vehicles are in relation to each other and examine other important evidence.
Roads Minister Mike Penning 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 reopened as quickly as possible.
"Today's £2.7 million 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."
In 2010, there were more than 18,000 full or partial motorway closures, lasting a total of more than 20,000 hours.
Assistant Chief Constable Sean White, of the Association of Chief Police Officers, said: "We welcome enormously this important funding opportunity.
"It will make a very important contribution to properly investigating fatal and life-changing collisions while always being mindful of the level of economic and other disruption that closures of the strategic road network inevitably cause."