Patrol hopes new video will help save lives
The Missouri State Highway Patrol announced a new traffic safety program for teenage and adult drivers.
"Gone Too Soon" is name of the program, and Friday, Troop B in Macon showed the "Gone Too Soon" video.
The video uses testimonials, photographs and music to focus on risky behaviors behind the wheel including drinking and driving, texting, speeding and failure to use a seat belt.
"Over the past 16-17 years, the Missouri State Highway Patrol unveils a new video every couple of years, that has a lot of different pictures in it of teenagers and students in different schools throughout the state of Missouri," said Sergeant Brent Bernhardt, with the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Sgt. Bernhardt says when they show the video to high school students, it hits home because they see fellow classmates and peers who were and are affected by inattentive drivers.
The 15-minute video was created by the patrol's audio-visual unit, all in an effort to encourage motorist to protect themselves by making sure everyone is wearing a seat belt.