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Mobile lab to help probe mishaps

Mobile lab to help probe accidents

india Updated: Aug 07, 2006 04:04 IST

Delhi traffic police is all set to go the CSI way. They will soon have a state-of-the-art mobile laboratory to help them investigate road accidents.

According to the Institute of Road Traffic Education (IRTE) — the brain behind the project—  Crash Lab is the first of its kind in the country. It will not only help investigate road accidents but also point  out instances of rash driving.

Deciphering accurate causes behind road accidents has been one of the biggest challenges for the traffic police. The crash lab has been launched with an objective of achieving this.

"Only by scientific investigation can we find information about the real causes and consequences behind road accidents in order to initiate remedial measures. Our research over the last three years have pointed out that 25-33 per cent of accidents occur due to faulty road and traffic engineering," says Rohit Baluja, President, IRTE.

Speaking at the inauguration, Joint Commissioner Delhi Traffic Police Qamar Ahmed said the technological innovation would help the force in a big way. The mobile crash lab, equipped with specially designed software will be able to reconstruct the incident that led to the accident.

Features like all digital photography as well as video recording, halogen powered night illumination system that can be raised to 12 feet above ground for night photography makes it unique.

Traffic experts feel the benefits of this advanced system are manifold. Most importantly it will help the police in carrying out their investigation of accidents.

Transport authorities can also use the data for various purposes. Automobile manufacturers can use the data available to correct any flaws in the vehicles.

"Usually the investigations are based on the assumption that the victim is innocent and driver of a bigger vehicle at fault. With such a system in place we will be able to pin point the causes leading to an accident," said a senior police officer.

"We have had a similar interceptor for carrying out accident research but this one has some special features and also has the most advanced technology. It will be of great utility for traffic police. We carry out primary research but require much more than that to rectify traffic management errors. If the need be we will ask them to design a few of these for us," said Qamar Ahmed, Joint Commissioner, Traffic Police.

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