Road Collision Investigation Project (RCIP): The investigation process & emerging project findings

In June 2018, the RAC Foundation received almost £500,000 of government funding to pilot new ways of investigating road crashes. Since this time, a further £350k of funding has been provided by Highways England to support the programme. The Road Collision Investigation Project (RCIP) is being led by the RAC Foundation, in collaboration with and supported by the Department for Transport (DfT), Highways England (HE), the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) and other national and local organisations.

RCIP funding is being used to develop and trial, in a number of police force areas, a different approach to identifying and understanding common themes and patterns that result in death and injury on the public highway. The project seeks to establish whether there is a business case for putting more resource into the investigation of road crashes adopting the approaches used to collision investigation in other modes (Rail, Air & Sea) and safety critical industries (Oil & Gas). RCIP is expected to report by Summer 2022. Insight developed from the project could help shape future policy making.

This presentation will outline the RCIP investigation process and will report on some of the common factors and emerging findings from RCIP investigations being conducted by RCIP Investigators based in Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Police, Humberside Police and West Midlands Police.

Matthew Dale, Roads Collision Investigation Analyst, Humberside Police

Speaker biog to follow.