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MDOT hosts vehicle rollover demonstration for East Marion students

MDOT showed dozens of Marion County students what could happen if they don't buckle their seat belts when they drive. MDOT showed dozens of Marion County students what could happen if they don't buckle their seat belts when they drive.
MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - The Mississippi Dept. of Transportation Thursday showed dozens of Marion County students what could happen if they don't buckle their seat belts when they drive. MDOT personnel used a rollover simulator and several life-like dummies at East Marion High School to demonstrate how easy a person could be ejected from a vehicle if they aren't properly buckled up.

The simulator is a converted pick-up truck with a cab that can rotate 360 degrees.

"It's a proven fact, seat belts save lives," said Tim Shanks, an educator with MDOT who conducted the demonstration. 

"I thought it was great, a good example of how accidents can really happen," said Quitman Smith, a senior at the school.  

The simulator is taken to about 100 locations across the state each year.

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