Posted at: 08/28/2013 1:56 PM
| Updated at: 08/28/2013 1:57 PM
By: Dan Levy
ALBANY - Several multi-ton tractor trailer cabs came to screeching halts Wednesday morning in a state office parking lot, leaving long skid marks behind.
That's exactly what the truck drivers wanted to happen.
On hand at the Harriman State Office Campus, when those trucks came to a screeching halt, were State Police collision reconstruction investigators, anxious to learn from the scientific evidence left at the scene.
After building up to a speed of about 30 or 35 miles an hour, truck drivers slammed on the brakes, and then CRU investigators went to work, checking out the electronic date recorders in the trucks, analyzing it, and figuring out how the training would be applicable in the real world.
State Police collision reconstruction investigators respond to between 400 and 500 serious crashes every year involving commercial vehicles, which is at least 15% of their workload.
"The problem is, is those crashes generally get huge media attention because they are dynamic, they have a lot of damage, and unfortunately a lot of injuries and when that happens, there's a lot of people that, players that get involved with these cases, insurance companies, civil attorneys, as well as looking at levels of criminality,” said Daniel Bates, a Technical Lieutenant with the New York State Police.
Training was paid for by a $230,000 grant from the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee.
There are currently only 15 state troopers across New York who are certified as collision reconstruction experts.