"Illuminating the Truth: A Systematic Approach to Nighttime Crash Scene Investigation"", 2 hours with Dr. Jeffrey Muttart via Zoom
Our speaker will be Dr. Muttart, the Director of Research and Training at the Driver Research Institute, LLC, in CT, USA. Learn more at their website: https://driverresearchinstitute.com/
DATE: Thursday, 04 January 2024
TIME: 12 noon - 2 pm Eastern Standard Time
COST: Free for NAPARS member; $5 for non-members
LOCATION: Worldwide Via Zoom
ACTAR: This event will be submitted to ACTAR for CEU consideration.
Registered attendees will be able to request an attendance certificate.
Overview: Importance of accurate nighttime crash scene documentation
Objective: Teach investigators to avoid biases and ensure fairness in documentation
2. Understanding Nighttime Visibility
The challenge of nighttime investigations
Common misconceptions about visibility at night
Realities of driver perception vs. pedestrian/investigator assumptions
3. The Role of Bias in Crash Investigation
How prior knowledge can skew perceptions
Recognizing and mitigating investigator bias
Case studies: Biased vs. unbiased investigation outcomes
4. Signal Detection Theory in Crash Investigations
Explaining the basics of signal detection theory
Application in analyzing crash scenarios
Contrasting results: With and without signal detection theory application
5. The CAPLETS Approach
Introduction to CAPLETS: Contrast, Anticipation, Pattern, Lighting, Eccentricity, Time of Exposure, Size
How each factor influences crash scene visibility
Applying CAPLETS for comprehensive scene analysis
6. Hands-on Techniques for Scene Documentation
"At-scene approach": Practical steps for on-site investigation
Using a contrast gradient target: Ensuring image accuracy
Effective methods for taking light meter readings
Incorporating artificial light sources: Headlights and streetlights
7. Developing Best Practices
Rules of thumb for nighttime investigation
Checklist for investigators
Avoiding common pitfalls
8. Concluding Thoughts
The importance of objective, systematic investigation
Resources for further learning and practice
9. Workshop Activities
Practical exercises on applying the CAPLETS approach.
Simulated crash scene investigation
Review and feedback session
10. Closing Remarks
Final Q&A Session
Reminder of investigator’s responsibility for unbiased documentation
The final ARJ for 2023 is Issue #198. It is on the way via email to all 1,409 NAPARS members. Yep, we broke the 1400 barrier! I have uploaded issue #197 to the Reference Library. If you download any of those PDFs, remember that they are copyrighted documents, and Victor has entrusted them to each of us. Please don't abuse that trust, thanks. Peace. -W
NAPARS is pleased to announce that Forensic Mapping Solutions is offering a $100 discount to NAPARS Members for registering for their Pix4D class being offered in Bristol, Tn. The class is scheduled for November 28 - 30, 2023. The link for registering is, https://forensicmappingsolutions.com/pix4d-training-bristol-tn-nov-28-30/.
The next Accident Reconstruction Journal will be coming out in the next week. Victor will be sending ARJ #197 to 1,382 NAPARS members. Of those, 582 self-identify as "Law Enforcement" (though many were former LE). 524 list an ACTAR number.
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Members should watch their email in the next couple days for the July/August issue of The Accident Reconstruction Journal, issue #196. I sent Victor (the publisher) our mailing list this morning. Peace. -Wade, admin.
The early registration deadline for the Sept.12-Sept.14 MATAI conference in Livonia MI, with 3 live crash tests and more is in 3 days! Visit www.matai.us/conferences for all the details!
ADMIN UPDATE: This evening, I emailed the latest NAPARS News to our 1,300+ members. It is coming from our email server, so some ISPs and email systems filter it out as spam. If you are sure your membership is up to date, check there, eh? Peace. -W
We are very excited to announce that we have arranged to make this June 26-30 class available by ZOOM! Costs are unchanged, but you can attend from anywhere using your computer. See the registration page to sign up. https://naopar.wildapricot.org/event-5014503
The video and slide show from the 05/05/2023 two-hour presentation by Kent Boots on ignition cycle count in EDRs and how to use it has been uploaded to the Reference Library. He also sent a copy of the federal rule regarding EDRs, an Excel file for estimating dates from ignition cycles, and a page of different scan tools (which he talked about more extensively in his WREX presentation, but which was a bit of a topic of discussion during this show as well). Thanks, Kent!
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