The Nebraska State Patrol is turning to drone technology to expedite investigations and clear roads more quickly following a crash.
The State Patrol has trained 19 crash investigators as certified drone pilots and has already used the technology to investigate several crash scenes, according to a news release.
Participants in the drone program recently conducted training flights and reconstruction mapping tests at the site of Husker Harvest Days near Grand Island.
“This technology brings NSP crash investigations to a new level,” program coordinator Lt. Brent Bockstadter said in the release. “The new drones, coupled with state-of-the-art mapping systems, allow our investigators to gather investigative images and data in less than half the time it used to take.”