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  • Traffic Reconstruction School?

    Was recently "volun-told" that I'll be supervising the traffic unit at my department, which requires me going through a 6 week traffic reconstruction school. I'm a little bit intimidated by this class because: 1) I've never been the best traffic crash investigator and 2) math isn't my best subject. I'm willing to dedicate time/energy to make myself better in these areas, but does anyone have advice? Or could recommend some literature I could read to prepare me for the class?

    I'm pretty good with basic math, algebra, and geometry. The highest math class I took in college was "Statistics."

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    99.999% math from what I have been told


    Contact these people........................I know several of the officers of the organization


    http://www.matai.org/

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    • #3
      I've been a reconstructionist for about 10 years and went through the 6 week IPTM course(s). When I was younger, I absolutely sucked at math! But the instructors really did a good job of explaining the formula's and the derivation of the formula's. I consider myself pretty good with the math now.

      I would expect as a recon supervisor, you'll mostly be overseeing crash scenes and checking recon reports.

      Iowa gave you a link to the Midwest Association of Technical Accident Investigators. You're in the southwest, a more appropriate org would be SATAI Also check out the ARC Network They're both great resources.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Iowa #1603 View Post
        99.999% math from what I have been told
        Very true. We had a serious accident with a patrol unit colliding with the mayor's niece, a soccer mom driving a mini van in a downtown intersection and the original traffic investigator had the officer at 88 MPH. I did the skidmarks correctly and he really was going 27 MPH.

        I enjoyed the course but it is difficult. The lead instructor was a retired Captain with the Highway Patrol and he was exceptional.

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