MDOT hosts vehicle rollover demonstration for East Marion students

MDOT hosts vehicle rollover demonstration for East Marion students

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.