You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

MIT engineers help fight roadside perils

Aim to cut crashes at traffic stops, accident scenes

MIT scientists seek ways to prevent police officers on traffic stops from being struck by motorists.

Officers accidentally killed by a vehicle in the US


Can a laser project the image far enough behind the car? What kind of image will work best? Will such a display work in bad weather?


The system must be able to distinguish between a fast-moving car that would pass harmlessly and one that is likely to strike the officer.

SOURCES: MIT, The Federal Bureau of Investigation

Monica Ulmanu and Hiawatha Bray/Globe Staff

Want each day's news headlines delivered fresh to your
inbox every morning? Just connect with us
in one of the following ways:
Please enter a valid email will never post anything without asking.
Privacy Policy
Subscriber Log In

You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of
Marketing image of