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Crash Mob Demonstrates Importance of Vehicle Safety

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A "mob" of students gathers to show the importance of vehicle safety.

The North Dakota Department of Transportation sponsors a "Crash Mob" event for the Click It or Ticket Campaign.

According to the DOT, last year there were 136 people who lost their lives in motor vehicle accidents in the state.

Among those, 73 were not wearing seatbelts.

Students and faculty at the Career Academy in Bismarck demonstrate the number of lives that could have been saved.

"A lot of times even in life I've been told numbers and I'm like how many people really is that. So it really helps to show just how many kids there are. How many the 45 is," says Olivia LaMontagne, Member of SADD.

"It's so big because, if they're driving not with good habits, there's a potential that they could die and a lot of harm can come and stuff if they're not forming good habits while they're driving," says Jessica Paul, Member of SADD.

NDDOT also introduced a mobile app called "Code for the Road."

Among its features, students can scan a code to reveal positive safety messages and create their own.

Student leaders say they hope this campaign helps to increase safety among their peers.

"What goes along with younger generations is that people think they seem invincible and some students do feel like that and that's really horrible and so what we need to do is get out there and show them that really they're not and the seatbelt is, granted it's just one protection but it's a protection that could potentially save their life," says Chase Geer, Student Council.

For more information on the Code for the Road campaign and app, you can find it on Facebook, Twitter, and at www.ndcodefortheroad.org.

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