Hi-tech laser move to cut the motorway hold-ups

Queues on the clockwise stretch of the M25 motorway near Heathrow Airport as people travel home for the Christmas holiday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday December 23, 2011. Millions of people were expected to take to the roads today on what is expected to be the busiest day of the Christmas getaway. Airports and ports were also full of people travelling to spend the festive period overseas. A spokesman for the AA said up to 18 million cars would be on the roads over the 24-hour period from last night to this evening. See PA story TRAVEL Getaway. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Queues on the clockwise stretch of the M25 motorway near Heathrow Airport as people travel home for the Christmas holiday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday December 23, 2011. Millions of people were expected to take to the roads today on what is expected to be the busiest day of the Christmas getaway. Airports and ports were also full of people travelling to spend the festive period overseas. A spokesman for the AA said up to 18 million cars would be on the roads over the 24-hour period from last night to this evening. See PA story TRAVEL Getaway. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

DRIVERS are set to benefit from shorter motorway closures as cutting-edge laser technology is rolled out across the county.

The Department of Transport has awarded Derbyshire police £64,873 to buy a mobile 3D scanning device.

The technology will help crash investigators painstakingly surveying multiple sections of a scene.

Chief Inspector Steve Wilson, head of roads policing at Derbyshire police, said the scanner would allow police to survey a crash scene in a matter of minutes instead of hours.

He added: “This very much supports the government’s agenda to ensure disruption to communities and industry following a collision is kept to a minimum – something we support.”

A digital image of the site can be viewed on a computer screen remotely allowing investigators to take measurements of where vehicles are in relation to each other and examine other important evidence.

The roll-out of 3D laser technology is part of a government-led initiative known as ‘clear’.

The technology is set to reduce delays and keep traffic moving.

Chf Insp Wilson said the scanners would also allow investigators to revisit a crash scene at a later date.

He added: “When a collision occurs we don't always know how serious injuries will be. This will mean the data can be revisited any time in the future.”

Successful bidders will start to receive their grants this month to enable them to put the technology to use quickly on motorways and major A roads.