As part of the MoDOT Battle of the Belt Challenge, Palmyra High School students experienced what it would be like to be in a car crash on Thursday.
The machine only simulated a five mile per hour crash, but students could still see and feel the force of the impact. Missouri State Highway Patrol Sergeant Brent Bernhardt told everyone to multiply that by 12. The normal speed you would be going on a highway.
He said it's not only the students that need to buckle up.
"So far year to date, we're seeing a six percent increase in the amount of traffic fatalities in the state of Missouri. That's bad in itself, but when you look at all the people who have died thus far in traffic accidents, 63% of those did not have a seat belt on," he said.
Bernhardt also said the one thing he hopes students take away from this is not only them getting in the habit of buckling up but getting their family members to do so too.
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