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THP announces 'Drive To Zero Fatalities'

By Lyndsey Price, lprice@wcyb.com
Published On: Apr 08 2014 04:51:31 PM CDT
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BRISTOL, Tenn. -

Tennessee Highway Patrol is working with high schools across the state for a new initiative called 'Drive To Zero Fatalities.'

Tuesday they were at Tennessee High in Bristol.

Troopers brought a 'roll over' simulator to the school and showed students the importance of buckling up.

Inside the simulator is a dummy that represents a driver not wearing a seat belt. It shows how a driver can be partially ejected or fully ejected if your car rolls over in an accident.

We spoke with some students who told us this experience has already made an impact on them. "This experience has opened my eyes to realize how serious and how instantly something can happen, and how it can happen to anybody around you," says sophomore Caroline Leonard.

Troopers are also focusing on distracted driving with the teens. They tell us they are trying to get them to put down the cells phones and focus on driving.