MDOT schedules safety demos

April 30, 2013 in Uncategorized

From The Mississippi Link Newswire

High school students see The Convincer, a low impact crash simulator, in action at the recent Teens on the Move conference at the coliseum in Jackson. (Facebook/MDOT photo)

JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) will show Mississippians at several events an up-close look at the tragic consequences that can occur when persons choose to drive or travel while impaired, distracted, or without buckling up.

‘Rover,’ one of MDOT’s safety-demonstration vehicles, simulates what can happen to unrestrained drivers and passengers when rollover crashes occur at a speed of 35 mph. The dramatic, controlled rollovers resonate with students in ways that verbal presentations simply cannot.

The ‘Convincer,’ another of the department’s safety-demonstration vehicles, simulates what can happen in a low-impact crash and the benefits of seatbelts. The Convincer allows riders to experience the force generated in a low speed collision.

MDOT will conduct two safety demonstrations this week as follows (weather permitting):

  • On Tuesday, April 30, there will be a demonstration of Rover, the rollover simulator, for George Elementary School students, at 9 a.m.  The school is located at 1020 Hunter Street in Jackson, MS.
  • On Saturday, May 4, there will be demonstrations of the Rover, the rollover simulator, and the Convincer seat belt simulator for the Hernando Fire Department Fire and Life Safety Day from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m.  The fire department is located at 957 Highway 51 North in Nesbit, MS.  This event is open to the public.

Anyone interested in a demonstration of any MDOT’s safety education tools, can contact Christy Milbourne, MDOT Traffic Engineering Division at (601) 359-1454.