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FHPA Trooper Adam Kaskey demonstrates the importance of wearing seat belts to a family visiting the FHP safety display.
FHPA Trooper Adam Kaskey demonstrates the importance
of wearing seat belts to a family visiting the FHP safety display.

Troop B of the Florida Highway Patrol was recently invited to attend a Wal-Mart Safety event in Gainesville. Lt. Mike Burroughs called upon the FHP Auxiliary unit to assist in educating motorists about seat belt safety, especially since Memorial Day was soon approaching. The FHP Seat Belt Convincer was utilized to show the importance of wearing a seat belt while operating a motor vehicle. The FHP Seat Belt Convincer simulates a 10-12 miles per hour crash while wearing a seat belt.

A Mother asking FHPA Trooper Rick Brown to explain the importance of wearing seat belts to her child.
A Mother asks FHPA Trooper Rick Brown to explain
the importance of wearing seat belts to her child.

To enhance the display, a 150-pound dummy is placed in the FHP Seat Belt Convincer and given two rides during the presentation. On the first ride, the dummy is buckled securely within the seat with a baby doll placed in his lap in the same seat belt. This demonstration simulates the hazards of placing a child in your lap with or without a seat belt. FHPA Trooper Kaskey then launches the Convincer Seat down the sled while FHPA Trooper Rick Brown narrates the events that are transpiring during the simulated crash. The crowd gasps as it sees the weight of the adult dummy crushing the baby doll during the simulated crash.

FHPA Trooper Brown demonstrates the effects of not wearing a seat belt with a child on your lap using the FHP Seat Belt Convincer
FHPA Trooper Rick Brown demonstrates the effects
of not wearing a seat belt with a child on your lap
using the FHP Seat Belt Convincer.

Next, FHPA Troopers Adam Kaskey and Rick Brown create the scenario with the adult dummy and the baby doll without a seat belt. The crowd was amazed to see the force and momentum displayed as a result of only an 8-10 miles per hour crash. Onlookers were surprised at how quickly the baby doll and the dummy were ejected forward into the compartment of the Seat Belt Convincer and the weight of the dummy crushed the doll.

FHPA Troopers Brown (left) and Kaskey (right) handing out FHP coloring books and Junior Trooper badges to a child visiting the FHP Safety Display.
FHPA Troopers Rick Brown (left) and Adam Kaskey (right)
hand out FHP coloring books and Junior Trooper badges to
children visiting the FHP Safety Display.

 

 
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