News 12 at First at Five / Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012
AIKEN, S.C. -- After just a couple rolls on the simulator, two dummies -- a man and a baby -- flew out of the window and landed on the ground with a thud.
"I was shocked. Some of the ways the dummies come out -- some of them are very simple. Others are flying on top of the car and getting run over by it," said Lauren Scott, a student at South Aiken High School where the demonstration was held.
Scott is also on the DECA club, which helped make the demonstration possible, along with the South Carolina Highway Patrol and Aiken Driving Academy.
Scott was in a car accident just a couple days after she helped set up this event.
"As a passenger of the wreck, I really felt it. You go through the motions. You’re scared. You don’t really know what you’re doing. Your body’s just kind of telling you what to do," she said.
Luckily she was wearing a seat belt, but the dummies were not.
"The younger generation, they actually make up a small percentage of our drivers on the roadways, but when it comes down to our fatalities, they make up a large percentage of fatalities," said Lance Cpl. Judd Jones with the South Carolina Highway Patrol.
Jones brought the simulator to South Aiken High School with that in mind. He says there have been 691 fatalities on South Carolina roads just this year, and that number continues to climb, especially when people don't buckle up.
"The first crash is whatever the actual vehicle crashes into. Say, for instance, it runs off the road and hits a tree. That’s the crash number one. Crash number two is your body hitting against the inside of the car. That may be the steering wheel, that may be the door or that may be other passengers inside the car. Crash three is your internal organs hitting against your skeletal system inside your body," Jones explained.
He hopes this simulator teaches students like Scott the importance of being safe behind the wheel.
"When you’re in that situation, it’s nowhere near funny, and I hope they do know seat belts are that important to them," said Scott to her fellow students.