OSP: Using drones could make it 9 times faster to clear crash scenes

Courtesy Oregon State Police

Oregon State Police troopers have begun using small unmanned aircraft systems, more commonly known as drones, to help them collect evidence in crashes.

The drones, according to OSP, could help clear crash scenes on roadways almost 9 times faster. For example, a trooper collected roadway evidence from a crash scene using a 3-D scanner and it took him about an hour and 15 minutes.

That same scene was measured by a drone, and that took 9 minutes.

OSP currently has 41 specially-trained troopers statewide working on the Collision and Reconstruction Unit and it takes them anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours or more to clear a scene.

No word if and when the drones will be used on a regular basis.