I. Course Prefix/Number: LAE 276
Course Name: Traffic Investigation
Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
2. Expose students to principles of accident investigation, reporting and reconstruction.
3. Provide knowledge in such areas as speed determination from skidmarks, coefficient of friction, measurements, scale diagramming, and elements of traffic offenses.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
Introduction to measurements, triangulation, coordination, reference points and diagramming.
Field exercise - measurements
Issuance of license, traffic signs and signals.
Issuance of license, traffic signs and signals
Driving under the influence; field sobriety tests
Driving on roadway – “Elements of Offense” for traffic laws in Illinois Vehicle code.
Turning, right of way.
Pedestrians rights and duties.
Special stops required.
Stopping, standing and parking.
Lights and lamps, brakes, tires.
Glass, windshield and mirrors.
Miscellaneous and special requirements.
Size, weight, load.
Practical exercises – Fill-out the Illinois Crash Report
Complete a “Field Sketch” for a mock accident.
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
IX. Instructional Materials
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
XI. Other Course Information
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.