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Iowa State Patrol using new technology that helps investigate fatal crashes

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Iowa State Patrol using new technology helps investigates fatal crashes

Photo caption:  Crash investigations can take several hours […] (Siouxland News photo)

SIOUX CITY, Iowa — The Iowa State Patrol investigated 149 fatal crashes in 2019. Crash investigations can take several hours and that time is not only costly but dangerous. The Iowa State Patrol is hoping to change that with the help of drones.

“It’s a UAV Program and a technology program where we are able to advance our crash investigations,”said Sergeant Alex Dinkla. Over the next year patrol officers will begin to use small unmanned aircraft systems to quickly and accurately investigate crash scenes by taking a series of photographs. A computer program then renders the crash in 3D. All in less than a half hour, making the road safer. […]

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