MoDOT and Highway Patrol Demonstrate the Importance of Seat Belts

As students across the area gear up for spring break next week, MoDOT was on campus at northwest in Maryville to remind them in a different way to be safe as they traveled.

Posted: Mar 15, 2018 1:34 PM
Updated: Mar 15, 2018 1:41 PM

(MARYVILLE, Mo.) You can't guarantee a crash free drive when traveling, but there is one thing that you can always count on to help keep you safe.

"Wear your seatbelt because you never know when a crash could be down the road," Missouri State Highway Patrol Sergeant Tom Ziegler said.

Spring break is right around the corner and many students have get away destinations in mind.

"We want them to get there safely and for them to get there safely they have to wear their seat belt and they have to be focused on the road," Bryce Acton said.

MoDOT says last year 75 percent of people who died in a car crash was not wearing a seat belt.

"Between 18-24 that seems to be the highest age range for unbuckled drivers," Acton said.

MoDOT tabled on Northwest's campus with a unique reminder.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol brought in a seat belt convincer to demonstrate what it would be like to be in an accident and to show the importance of a seat belt.

"Definitely felt it, it kind of took the wind out of me for a second," Jessika Eidson said. "Everyone that gets in my car always has to wear a seat belt every time no arguing or you're walking."

The convincer only moves about five miles an hour but it's enough it make an impression.

"It serves as a good reminder to wear that seat belt," Ziegler said.

MoDOT says the leading cause of death in car crashes in Missouri is due to people not wearing their seat belts.

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