We generally hold one training event per year with a focus on one specific topic.
In 1992, in association with Indian River Community College we conducted a "crash day". Many low speed (within bumper design limits) rear end collisions were staged. This gave those attending an opportunity to witness the collision then examine the vehicles for the evidence.
The focus of the day was a T-bone collision between a 1980 Chevrolet Caprice (the bullet) and a 1978 Omni. Although everyone witnessed the collision the speed of the Caprice was blind to the class. Small working groups collected their evidence then chose an approach for a speed estimate. Each group made a presentation to the class, then the radar documented speed was revealed.
In 1995, in association with the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office Training Bureau, we conducted a test day to develop a strategy for finding evidence of Anti Lock Braking System tiremarks on the roadway. Accident Investigators from across the area were invited to watch the marks being left, then make their subjective observations. At the end of the day we pooled our observations and made some recommendations for finding these marks at future accident scenes. The results of those tests are available in TARO.
In an attempt to bring the combined members resources to bear on another problem. We will conduct many minor sideswipe collisions. The question posed is: can we tell the force direction from the evidence? If so, what do we look for?
For further information you can write Kerry Fleming at [email protected] or Bob Wright [email protected]
Last updated 1/12/96