3D scanners to cut road closures

A new laser-scan technology specifically designed to be used at fatal road accidents is expected to help experts carry out an investigation in a faster and more efficient way.

The scanners work by providing 3D images of the road crash site on a computer screen.

With the help of a more comprehensive picture, investigators can examine the scene and show results in a short period of time.

The use of the new method is also likely to help reopen roads more quickly, tackling the £1 billion cost of motorway closures every year.

Statistics released by the Government show that more than 18,000 full or partial motorway closures happened last year, totalling over 20,000 hours, at a cost of £50,000 per hour.

To capture a 360° digital image of the crash, the technology uses a tripod-mounted scanner.

Investigation teams in England will be the first to benefit from the new system. To buy 20 scanners, the Department for Transport will provide a sum of £3 million.

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