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The Midwest Association of Technical Accident Investigators, a brief history.

Mike Adams, Ray Knight and Jon Wilson developed the concept for the Midwest Association of Technical Accident Investigators (MATAI) in 1985. Iowa State Troopers at the time, the trio envisioned the formation of an association dedicated to educating law enforcement officers charged with the responsibility of investigating serious traffic collisions.

The initial process of forming the association was undertaken on March 11, 1986. At a meeting in Des Moines, Iowa, with seventeen people in attendance, two committees were formed to further the efforts of establishing MATAI. Six in attendance were selected for the Planning Committee and four others formed a Membership Committee. A nine member Founding Board of Directors was established and Articles of Association were authored.

Three purposes of the Midwest Association of Technical Accident Investigators were identified in the Articles of Association.

1. To provide a professional affiliation for individuals who have a primary interest in the technical aspects of motor vehicle traffic collisions.

2. To provide a forum for the exchange of information and ideas to improve investigative techniques and procedures.

3. To learn the needs of its members in performing their functions as to accident investigation and finding ways to meet those needs.

The Founding Board of Directors continued to manage the association until the first election of Board of Directors by the general membership was accomplished at its annual meeting in May 1988. On June 14, 1988, the Internal Revenue Service officially recognized MATAI as a tax exempt, non-profit organization under section 501 (c) (6) of the Internal Revenue Code.

MATAI is one of the original contributing organizations involved in the development and establishment of the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction (ACTAR).

Through the efforts of its membership, MATAI has held annual meetings and training seminars for the past 22 years, and has broadened its membership, from predominately Iowa law enforcement officers, to more than 230 members from across the nation.

MATAI maintains a web presence at www.matai.org.