In the newspaper you read the headline: "Driver not wearing seatbelt in fatal rollover."
Sadly, it's a scene that plays out all too often on Saskatchewan roads. For someone not wearing a seatbelt, the rollover is the most dangerous type of collision.
SGI is driving home this message with its newest traffic safety tool, a rollover simulator.
The rollover simulator is the cab of a truck mounted on a trailer. The cab rolls, simulating a 50 km/h rollover incident. Straw-filled dummies in the cab clearly show the effectiveness of seatbelts - those wearing belts remain in their seats while the unbelted dummies are violently tossed around like rag dolls, often being ejected from the vehicle.
In a real-life rollover, the results of an ejection can be horrific, ranging from severe lacerations to paralysis and even death. On average, 48 unbelted occupants die each year on Saskatchewan roads. Of that number, 71% were ejected or partially ejected from their vehicle.
It's estimated that for every 2 people who die in an auto collision where they weren't wearing a seatbelt, 1 would have lived if they had just taken the time to buckle up.
SGI, in partnership with the RCMP, is taking the rollover simulator on the road to rural schools, First Nations communities, trade fairs, malls and other community events as part of its traffic safety education program.