These Officers Are Teaching Kids About Seat Belt Safety…By Simulating A 5mph Crash!
The Connecticut State Police decided to take a more hands-on approach to teaching the younger generation about the importance of seat belts. We’ve seen the signs on the highway, and they usually appear with clever puns like “click it or ticket,” but these signs are growing more and more obsolete as people continue to ignore the seat belt safety laws. When there is a car accident, those who don’t wear their seat belts usually end up in much worse condition that those that do, but until these kids really understand the consequences of foregoing this small but powerful safety feature, they might have never changed their minds.
At only 5mph, the shock is enough to stun the participants into silence. Was that really only 5mph? When is the last time you drove your car that slowly? Perhaps when backing out of the driveway or squeezing into a tight parking spot, but never on the road. At an average speed, these kids would be going at least 35mph, several times the simulation has them experiencing.
I wish there was something like this at every police station! Once kids reach age 16 and start learning to drive, they should all be allowed to try this out and get a taste of what an actual accident might feel like! As a kid, I never wore my seat belt (it wasn’t mandatory, and almost no one did back then), but after experiencing a few wrecks in my life, I will never get into a car without that one small feature!
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