COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (KMOV.com)-- The Illinois State Police, IDOT and several corporate sponsors recently held a week-long seminar to inform high schoolers of the number one killer of teenagers...traffic crashes.
Fifteen Metro East high schools sent students to learn about drunk driving and a host of other important issues, including the importance of wearing seatbelts.
A simulator at the seminar recreated a five to seven miles per hour crash, which students were able to experience firsthand.
"The kids all week really feel the impact from that. They are almost in shock it's only five to seven miles per hour," says Illinois trooper Calvin Dye. "They can't imagine traveling 65 or 70 miles per hour on the interstate, being in a crash, and not wearing a seatbelt."
The seminar costs were covered by Anheuser Busch, Grey Eagle Distributors, State Farm and other corporate sponsors, so the program is free to the schools.