Seat Belt Convincer Demonstrates the Importance of Wearing Seat Belts

Sgt. Brent Bernhardt, with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, demonstrates how seat belts save lives with their Seat Belt Convincer

Summer is in full swing. School is out, and trips to the lake, hanging out with friends, summer jobs, and camps; all place more teen drivers on Missouriâ??s roadways. This is why this time of the year is the most deadly for the teenage driver. In fact, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, from Memorial Day to Labor Day in 2012, 1,000 people were killed in crashes involving teen drivers and more than 550 of those killed were teens.

Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the U.S., and teenâ??s crash at three times the rate of more experienced drivers. Also, in Missouri, more teens are killed in June, than any other month of the year, and approximately 71% of teens killed in traffic crashes weren't wearing seat belts. Sgt. Brent Bernhardt, with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, stopped by the set to demonstrate how wearing a seat belt can save your life. WATCH VIDEO ABOVE to learn more.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop B Headquarters

308 Pine Crest Drive

Macon, Mo. 63552-1030

(660) 385-2132

CLICK HERE to learn more about the rollover simulator and the seat belt convincer.