When they arrived at state patrol headquarters, they were met by Trooper Ryan Hayes.
asked the students what they could do when riding in automobiles to promote safety.
Some students said "Don't text or talk on the phone."
said that was important when driving a vehicle, but passengers also have a responsibility to not distract the driver.
"When you are in the car with your parents, don't get loud or fight with a brother or sister.
That could distract the driver," Hayes
asked the students who always wear their seatbelts to raise their hands.
explained the importance of seat belts.
"I have seen accidents that took people's lives simply because they failed to wear their seat belt," he
"In a head-on or a roll-over accident, seat belt usage can be the difference between living or dying."
gave each student the opportunity to ride the "seat belt convincer" -- a machine designed to simulate how seatbelts protect passengers in an impact collision.
As each kid strapped into the seat, Hayes
explained the proper way to wear a seatbelt and complimented them when they did properly.
let them explore his
patrol car and explained the equipment used on patrol.
"I hope you learned something," he
"Will you all make me a promise?
Will you do all you can to tell your parents and loved ones how important it is to wear their seatbelts and always wear them yourselves?"
"Also I want all of you to be alert when you are doing your crossing guard duty," he