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Simulator shows kids importance of seatbelts

by Teresa Mackin

WAUSA (WAOW) --  Wearing a seatbelt can be the difference between life and death in a car crash.

Area kids can now see that difference close-up: through a rollover simulator. AAA Wisconsin has given a similar simulator to six departments now throughout the state, and Wausau is the latest. Kids watched today as buckled up dummies stayed put in their seats-- but ones who didn't wear their seatbelts flew out the windows.

Wisconsin seatbelt use actually is one of the lowest in the country, a little over 75-percent. Police hope kids will think twice when they get in a car and remember to buckle up.

The simulator is available at the Wausau police department for check out- almost like a library book.

Online Reporter: Teresa Mackin

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