Nearly 400 Times it crashes in an average day on the streets of Berlin. Seven of these accidents are so violent that someone is seriously injured, and almost every week, someone dies as a consequences. The severe accidents to get thousands with standing in a traffic jam, because major roads or intersections remain blocked, often over several hours and, thus, strikingly longer than a few years ago. Why?
The answer leads to a DDR-colored building to "Adlershof". It is the domicile of the traffic investigation service (VED) for the South-East Berlin, to the competent police Directorate of 6. Each Directorate has a VED; during the day, all of them are occupied at night and on weekends three. There is a small waiting room for witnesses, in the HB image atlases with D-Mark-price printing as the reading display.
In the hallways, color saturated paintings of the operations of the traffic police – works by a talented artist colleague. Behind the doors is approximately 45 civil servants dealing with almost 15000 cases in the year. Heiko Valentin, 44 years old, and principal clerk, for the hours-long closures of two explanations.
For one, you use a completely different technology than in the past, what need of the time. On the other, are not grown within the police, the awareness that a serious accident an annoying traffic was first and foremost a disability, but usually in a Public Offence: negligent bodily injury or homicide. Thus, human tragedies are connected, and serious debt issues.
rescue is proof backup
If an accident is reported, first drives a patrol car to the place and gives an impression of who is likely to have a fault. If someone was seriously injured, the ambulance before departure to the hospital the police officers a short feedback. The more serious the condition of the victim, the more likely is that Valentine's day people are required.
remind your colleagues by radio, witnesses, to keep and to move anything. Only restriction: "rescue is against evidence." While you travel with your specially equipped Mercedes Sprinter to the accident, coordinate with the office of the public Prosecutor, whether an expert or in the case of fatal accidents is brought to a coroner. The accident is a "crime scene".
What are the chances of the Party to prevent the accident?
"Our main vermeidbarkeit testing is a concern," explains Valentin. To clarify so, what are the chances of each Party had to prevent the accident: Has blocked a wrong Parker the pedestrians point of view? Had the car driver a few seconds to Respond, because the pedestrian came from the left, so on the was to be seen against the roadway? Has blinded the sun? The parallel cycle lane for a turn and a Truck driver was in the mirror visible? Set the mirror at all, correct? Has the accident the driver claimed brake failure may have to do with a car lying around bottle rolled under the Pedal?
Such questions will be examined also on the basis of the location of splinters, scratches or dirt marks on the clothes of the injured. "What we do not take directly after the accident, we can't catch up afterwards," says Valentin. Therefore, be seized in case of doubt, also the vehicles involved. The experts customize databases, which damage the image which is the speed. And newer cars save, how fast you were going when the Airbags triggered.
hit and run from the police point of view, more exciting
In the case of a hit-and-run "it from the police point of view, even more exciting, because more detailed work is needed," says the chief Commissioner: A tiny sliver or paint particles can lead to the perpetrator, the "door to door" is, perhaps, found a local resident who has observed the accident. And if on the basis of the Paint, or thanks to a witness, the vehicle type is determined, grazes are reported after severe accidents, the in-house investigation command, the right cars, in the environment.
In the silver-grey Mercedes of the VED just an office with a table, a printer and a Laptop, but also a photographic equipment with the light on mast and tripod. In the trunk of a 30-Meter-long tape measure, placed as a reference in each photo is between the red-and-white hat, folding ladder, and a chalk colour spray cans. Photographed from the extra-tall tripod at a 45-degree angle from opposite sides. The only way a Software can create later court presentation of crime scene.
forensic technician for help in case of severe accidents
The participating cars or trucks are cars in these pictures even present in the Original, but only by the use of color marks. Then they are inserted to scale back; the Computer has all the models in the memory. For more Overview is added in the case of very serious accidents, the forensic technology that generates a 3D laser scanner, a seemingly walk-through Animation of the place. In addition, a drone air can take the pictures.
If I can't, for example, launch in a strong Wind, the traffic investigator, if necessary, the helicopter will come. And if the witnesses and the pictures give no clear indication, is later discussed in "Track meetings" on other investigations and the accident situation, emergency, weeks later, with similar visibility and weather conditions, again with an expert adjustment.
The technology is rarely to blame when accidents
pass in The end it's always about justice, punish offenders and Innocent a part of the load can take the wear after a serious accident. To the criminal legal evaluation depends on the can civil go law, it is injured in the case of heavy-to seven-digit sums – and the financial Ruin of the perpetrators as Victims.
"I would hope as a victim too, that there is thoroughly worked," says Valentin. Some of what he and his colleagues get to see, is hard to bear. He make sure that time to stay, to talk to each other, and that, if necessary, professional help is brought in. If he had one wish to change something in Berlin's traffic?More about
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The answer Heiko Valentin immediately: "We have clause 1 of the road traffic regulations. You should take heed and remember that in the other cars, people sitting. It is only very rarely in the technology, when accidents happen.“