"We did a survey a few years back and we found out that students, teenagers, don't where their seatbelts very well in the state of kansas," says Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Rick Wingate
Students strapped themselves into the Seat Belt Convincer. A machine that simulaltes a five mile per hour crash.
"A lot of times they don't realize, they just think five miles an hour is not very much," says Wingate. "But when that thing comes to a sudden stop, i think the expression on their face shows that even a five mile an hour crash is pretty serious"
"I didn't think five miles per hour would have such a big impact, but it did," says Nicole Broyles, a Pittsburg High School senior
The higway patrol partnered with the schools S.A.F.E program for the seat belt demonstration.
"S.A.F.E. stands for seatbelts are for everyone," says Wingate. "It's a program started by the schools here in southeast kansas and its run by the students"
The program asks students to make pledges to always wear their seat belts while in a car.
"It's just important to stay safe, and I grew up knowing that I should always wear my seatbelt and my dad and my mom would get mad at me if i didn't," says Sarah Jewett, Pittsburg High School senior.
And while most of the students had fun, they also learned a valuable lesson that may save their lives.
"If we can get these students to get in a habit of wearing a seatbelt, then they will continue to wear it as they become an adult," says Wingate.
"It's the safe thing to do, you don't want to die, you want to stay safe when your driving," says Broyles.