They say they'll use it to help investigate major motor-vehicle crashes.
Drones, helicopters, planes, long rifles, attack dogs,jet skis, boats, horses, tanks every tool in the universe but body cams for the men in French Blue.
New toy for the boys.
meanwhile, what other traffic investigators use: 3d scanners and photographic equipment that provide actual data.
"Another major motor-vehicle crash caused by someone claiming to be distracted by a drone! What do you make of it Sarge?"
I actually see how this could be useful for traffic accidents. A large aerial of the debris along the road way could accurate help them map out exactly what happened and how fast they were going using how far the debris went.
It would far faster to take a drone out of a box than wait for the State Police chopper (which would cost more to use since it uses gas and man power). A drone can be used on the ground and transported in a cruiser.
Highway Thru Hell, the series about the winter tow truck operators in Western Canada, there was a segment about a serious crash where the RCMP investigators used a recently-acquired drone to survey the wreck scene. Enabled them to complete their work in about one third the time it would have taken with traditional methods, which resulted with the wreck being cleared and the highway being re-opened about two or three hours sooner than it otherwise could have been.
If the State Police's new drone enables crash scenes to be cleared and roads fully reopened sooner, sounds like a idea that all drivers should support.
...if it's used properly. Getting a cruiser through the backup caused by an accident vs. flying over with a drone would let them get a quicker fix on what's needed, rather than sending random numbers of cop cars, ambulances, wreckers, fire trucks, etc.
initial response needs - they seem to do very well on that score with their current methods. It's to survey the crash scene as part of the investigation into the cause of the crash, which is done AFTER the injuries and fatalities have been attended to.
Using a drone to access first responder needs to a crash would only delay rescue efforts, not help them. Plus, you do realize that the only effective way to operate a drone is to keep in in sight at all times. Explain how the trooper who's at the end of a mile backup due to a crash can keep sight of a drone he's sending to hover over the wreck scene.
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