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FCSD Demonstrates New Rollover Simulator

FRANKLIN COUNTY, MO.  The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department (FCSD) held a demonstration of a Rollover Simulator at Straatmann Toyota Tuesday morning.

The rollover simulator is a truck cab that spins on its own axis to simulate a rollover crash at 35 mph.  Dummies are inside the vehicle making it possible to see what happens when wearing a seat belt and not wearing a seat belt. 

Major TJ Wild says the simulator is their newest educational piece to help encourage drivers to wear their seat belts by showing them how easy people can be ejected from a vehicle.

The FCSD acquired the simulator thanks to a collaborate effort with the Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT), Straatman Toyota, Four Rivers Career Center, and local businesses.

Wild says, “To truly make a difference in increasing seat belt use, we felt it necessary to expand the educational portion of our community outreach as it applies to safety.”

A grant provided by MODOT allowed for the manufacturing of the simulator.  Several students at the Four Rivers Career Center made the simulator in a year-long project. 

Click here to read the article "FRCC Students Complete Rollover Simulator Project" for more details about the students involved and the project itself.

This piece of equipment is mobile and has the capability to demonstrate to our citizens the dangers of being in a roll over crash without wearing a seat belt.

Pictured with members of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department are representatives from MODOT, Straatmann Toyota, local businesses and Four Rivers Career Center Students

We placed a camera inside the vehicle for people to see how a person not wearing a seat belt is thrown around inside a vehicle.

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