Seat Belt Convincer Shows Their Importance

Posted at 11:12 PM, Jan 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-30 00:12:47-05

The "Seat Belt Convincer for Middle Tennessee" displays what it's like to be in a crash, and the importance of a seat belt.

With less than 90% of people routinely wearing them, Tennessee is considered a "low use state." And officials are hoping to change that. 

The Convincer is a seat on a down hill track that abruptly stops at the end of the track, simulating a crash. It is housed at the Rutherford County Sheriff's Department.

More than half of people who die in crashes in Tennessee are not wearing their seatbelts.

The Seat belts Are For Everyone or S.A.F.E. campaign put on by the Governor's Highway Safety Office will last from February to August.

"Your chances of surviving a crash if you have a seatbelt on is about 7 times greater if you're wearing it than if you're not, said Law Enforcement Liason, Tony Burnett.

If your organization wants to use it at an event, you just need to contact the Governor's Highway Safety Office. They recommend riders be at least 14 years old.