The reconstruction of motor vehicle collisions by police investigators has been a long established discipline in other parts of the world with particularly early development in the United States of America and the United Kingdom. In Australia this has not been the case and the paper will look at the experience here. A factor influencing the slow acceptance of this discipline by police administrators is the different emphasis which was placed upon combating the occurrence of death and injury on Australian roads. This different approach is looked at briefly and considered in its effect on police reconstruction with the consideration of the efficacy of the approaches taken and the difference in our legal system. The commitment of various personnel to the advancement of techniques aimed at the more efficient investigation and reconstruction of collisions is looked at on a state by state basis. This is considered in respect to the enthusiasm of investigators and the sometimes bewildering attitude of senior police to the development of the skills of the investigators and the provision of adequate incentive to advance the science. The example of "foreign" associations and teaching institutions is looked at in respect to the establishment of an association in this region and the one tertiary institution in Australia which offered specific training in collision reconstruction. The paper concludes with the author's view of where the discipline is heading in this country. (a) For the record of the covering entry of this conference, please see IRRD abstract no 868510.


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  • Pagination: p. 173-80

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  • Accession Number: 00729027
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 0-86856-989-5
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 12 1996 12:00AM