Cost

During a pilot project Minnesota State Patrol vehicles were equipped with an accident investigation system at a cost of $8,000 to $10,000 per vehicle.

From the Rural ITS Toolbox report: Subsection 3.3: Accident Investigation Systems


November 2001
Minnesota,United States


Summary Information

Minnesota DOT and the Minnesota State Patrol implemented a pilot automated field reporting system that allows law enforcement personnel to use in-vehicle computers to record and submit incident information. The system communicates vehicle license plates or drivers' license information and facilitates issuance of citations. A Geographic Positioning System (GPS) has been integrated to geo-code the location of incidents. The law enforcement vehicle is equipped with a laptop computer, in-car printers and communication equipment for sending accident-related data and traffic citations to a central database. Data can be transmitted via radio frequency, disk or modem. A police vehicle can be equipped for $8,000 to $10,000. The cost of wireless technology at the receiving station will be additional.


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Source

Rural ITS Toolbox

Author: Deeter, D., H. M. Zarean, and D. Register

Published By: U.S. DOT Federal Highway Administration

Source Date: November 2001

EDL Number: 13477

Other Reference Number: FHWA-OP-01-030


System Cost

Cost per vehicle: $8,000 to $10,000.

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The cost to equip a police vehicle in Dane County, Wisconsin for coordinated interagency incident response was $8,000 to $10,000.

Benefits From This Source

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Lessons From This Source

Provide traveler information in rural areas to allow for good travel decisions in inclement weather and construction season.

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Cost ID: 2003-00029