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NCJ Number: 44528 Find in a Library
Title: FIELD INVESTIGATION OF ACCIDENTS (FROM INVESTIGATION OF ARSON, CRIME SCENES AND VEHICULAR PROBLEMS, 1976 BY WILLIAM G ECKERT - SEE NCJ-44516)
Author(s): S ELLIOTT
Corporate Author: Inform Milton Helpern International
Ctr for Forensic Sciences
Wichita State University
United States of America
Date Published: 1976
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: Inform Milton Helpern International
Wichita, KS 67214
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE IMPORTANCE OF INVESTIGATION OF TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS AND THE TECHNIQUES USED ARE DISCUSSED.
Abstract: THE INVESTIGATION OF TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS IS USUALLY A VERY LOW PRIORITY IN MOST POLICE JURISDICTIONS, ALTHOUGH THE COST OF VEHICLE COLLISION IS VERY HIGH. INVESTIGATIONS SHOW THAT NO MORE THAN 16 PERCENT OF TRAFFIC INCIDENTS ARE ACCIDENTAL; THE REST ARE CAUSED BY SOME CRIMINAL ACT (INCLUDING TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS). VERY LITTLE TRAINING IS PROVIDED THE TRAFFIC INVESTIGATOR. AS A RESULT, MANY ASSAULTS AND SUICIDES COMMITTED USING A VEHICLE ARE OVERLOOKED BY OFFICERS UNTRAINED IN ANALYZING EVIDENCE. THE PROCEDURES IN A TRAFFIC INVESTIGATION ARE SIMILAR TO THOSE OF A FELONY INVESTIGATION: EVIDENCE GATHERING, DIAGRAMMING, PHOTOGRAPHIC DOCUMENTATION, RECORDING, AND INTERVIEWING OF VICTIMS AND WITNESSES. LABORATORY SUPPORT IS NECESSARY TO DETERMINE SUCH FACTS AS WHETHER A HEADLIGHT WAS FUNCTIONING AT THE TIME OF AN ACCIDENT. PHOTOGRAPHIC DOCUMENTATION IS ESSENTIAL BUT OFTEN OVERLOOKED. DRINKING DRIVER AWARENESS TRAINING IS RECOMMENDED FOR POLICE OFFICERS, TO DEVELOP THE SKILLS OF DETECTING DRUNK DRIVING BEHAVIOR AND BEING AWARE OF THE EFFECTS OF ALCOHOL ON THE BODY. OF THOSE KILLED ON THE HIGHWAYS, 50 PERCENT ARE KILLED BY DRUNK DRIVERS. FINALLY, THE ATTITUDE OF THE INVESTIGATOR IS CONSIDERED. HE SHOULD BE AWARE THAT THE LOSS OF AN AUTOMOBILE IS VERY IMPORTANT TO MOST DRIVERS AND THAT THE RESULTS OF HIS INVESTIGATION HAVE A SIGNIFICANT INFLUENCE ON THE OUTCOME OF LITIGATION. (VDA)
Index Term(s): Accident investigation; Evidence collection; Evidence identification; Traffic accidents
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