Heartland students learn how to be safe behind the wheel

Sergeant Brent Bernhardt of the Missouri State Highway Patrol did a safe driving presentation in Kirksville Monday.

Heartland students has the chance to hear a message about the importance of being safe while behind the wheel.

Sergeant Brent Bernhardt of the Missouri State Highway Patrol held a safe driving presentation to an auditorium filled with high school students in Kirksville Monday morning.

He talked to the students about the causes of traffic crashes, including distracted driving, texting, speeding and drinking and how their decisions and resulting consequences can change their lives forever.

"Those people are just like me and you. Never thinking in a million years that it's never going to happen to somebody like me and you, but I'm here to tell you it's going to. It can. I gurantee in a group this size, somebody here today is going to be seriously injured in a car crash and there's a good chance somebody is going to die in a car crash," Bernhardt said.

The students also viewed a graphic film about the the gruesome consequences of car crashes and how taking risks just isn't worth it.

Bernhardt stressed the importance of wearing a seat belt and how taking just three seconds to put it on can save your life.