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San Antonio police take traffic investigations to new heights with drone technology

SAN ANTONIO – The variety of traffic associated deaths continues to rise as San Antonio police say they’ve responded to greater than 90 lethal crashes within the first 5 months of 2022.

“Unfortunately, we’re having the same kind of year that we had last year,” stated SAPD detective, Daniel Karako.

Karako stated there have been over 200 lethal crashes in 2021 and to this point, the Alamo City is on tempo to match that quantity. Karako stated that’s typically due to the identical contributing components, like consuming and driving, and rushing.

After a crash occurs, it could possibly take a number of hours to full. However, SAPD hope to cut back that point by taking their investigation to new heights.

Traffic investigators are studying how to use drone technology of their response to crash scenes.

“Hopefully with the drones, we can shorten that response time and ease up the congestion on the highways and get people back to where they need to go and get us back to where we need to be,” Karako stated.


Investigators historically use digital pictures to course of crash scenes. Karako stated it’s a prolonged course of however drones will pace up that point, and take up to 700 photos for examination.

“The goal is just going to give us a better product for our criminal cases. And it’s going to speed up our crime scene processing,” he stated.

Some drones are getting used now to examine crash scenes. SAPD reminds drivers not to be distracted anytime they encounter an investigation on the highway.

SAPD stated they hope to have all of their traffic investigators licensed by the FAA inside the subsequent year.

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