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Skills for 15

Serafina Silaitoga
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

FIFTEEN traffic investigators will be trained to become the country's first lot of forensic automotive technologists.

Headed by the LTA, plans have started with the Singapore police for a training program to be held in Suva next month.

The new forensic technologists will come from LTA, Fiji Police Force and NFA and they will be trained to investigate vehicle accidents.

LTA CEO Naisa Tuinaceva said the 15 technologists would redefine Fiji's automotive accident investigation scene, scaling up on previous efforts by specifically identifying the causes of accidents.

He explained the three probable causes of a vehicle crash was the driver, a mechanical defect or poor road condition.

"Previously, I believe there has been generalisation about the cause of an accident because of the lack of knowledge and technology.

"However, that should change as they are trained with skills that include using physics to calculate the speed of a vehicle from the skid or brake marks on the road or which vehicle was at fault.

"The training will include making these determinations from mock accident scenes and using real time technology to analyse an accident scene."

The 15 technologists will also serve a period of detachment with Singapore police to learn more from forensic investigators in the South East Asian country.