Police Drones Dramatically Shorten Wait Times At Crash Sites

If you’ve ever sat in line behind a traffic accident and wondered what was taking so long, Leutenant Robert Hainje of the Tippecanoe County Sherriff’s Department can tell you.

“When we have a serious bodily injury crash or a fatal crash, the investigation will close that road down for several hours,” Hainje says. 

He says crash assessments take a lot of time.

“Our methods of using close range photogrammetry with our camera systems that we have in place with our sheriff’s department causes us to keep the road way closed down while we take the photographic evidence,” Hainje says.

That shutdown can be an inconvenience for drivers, but it can also be hazardous for the officers.

They say closing down roads for long periods of time means a greater chance of a driver plowing into cars waiting for the site to be cleared.

Darcy Bullock is the Director of the Joint Transportation Research Program at

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