More than 2.3 million vehicle operators and passengers were in emergency departments across the nation for car crashes in 2009.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says that of those injured in crashes, the survival rate of those NOT wearing a seat belt is cut in half.
The North Dakota Highway Patrol has a new tool to use in their efforts to educate the public on the importance of safety belts.
The rollover simulator demonstrates the difference between having a seat belt on versus not having a seat belt.
It's a simple visual that shows the unbelted passenger both harming the belted driver, and often falling out of the vehicle.
The often graphic display drives home an age-old message.
(Scott Guenthner, North Dakota Highway Patrol) "You can tell everybody, you can preach and you can repeat yourself over and over about the importance of staying in the vehicle and how easy it is to get thrown out of a vehicle if you're not buckled up. This just adds that visual impact."
The rollover simulator travels to educational sites across the state.
This week, at the North Dakota State Fair.