FHPA Sergeant Ed Pritchett (left) operates the
Seat Belt Convincer as FHPA Captain Scott Word looks on.
Florida Highway Patrol's Troop B was recently invited to assist the Child Protection Education of America, Inc.(CPEA), at a safety event held at Buddy's Home Furnishings in Ocala, Florida. CPEA is a national private foundation dedicated to addressing one of America's most pressing concerns, missing and exploited children. They work directly with parents who have missing children and the law enforcement agencies who are in charge of their cases. The FHP participants set up a display booth while Buddy’s Home Furnishings offered free food and sodas to all who attended.
Lt. Mike Burroughs narrates a mock crash
while a volunteer in the Seat Belt Convincer gets
ready to experience the simulated impact of a minor crash.
The FHP Seat Belt Convincer was set up to offer willing participants the opportunity to experience a 7 to 10 mile per hour crash impact while strapped in the simulator. The participants and audience members had a better appreciation on the protection seatbelts can offer if utilized. Nearly all safety experts agree that buckling up dramatically increases your chances of surviving an accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), seatbelts reduce the risk of death for a front seat car occupant by about 50 percent.
FHPA Major Steve Byrne (left) and FHP Trooper Jason Berger
with the FHP Camaro and stealth car Mercury Marauder.
The new FHP Mercury Marauder stealth car was a big hit at the event. Many of the visitors were amazed at the equipment loaded in the vehicle. Muscle car enthusiasts were amazed at the performance capabilities. At the end of the day some valuable lessons had been learned, making it a successful event.