The Longmont, Colo., Times-Call reports that new technological devices are saving time and improving accuracy for police in the city of about 90,000 people. The devices include a license plate scanner and a computer system that can mine data from car computers recorded before a crash to help investigators reconstruct accidents. Officers also are using laser GPS systems to diagram accident scenes and upload the information directly into computers as part of the accident investigation and reconstruction and a speed-detecting laser gun that can also determine whether motorists are following too closely.
Longmont Police Traffic Sergeant Mike Bell said the tools are speeding up investigations and helping to keep officers on the streets by keeping them out of court for ticket challenges, especially in cases involving the camera. It records a car as it is clocked and shows its following distance from another vehicle. Bell said motorists have given up on challenging tickets once they saw the video. Bell also said that accident investigations are sped up by saving officers time mapping accident scenes.