LETHBRIDGE: Exhibition Park and Safety City have partnered with Ag for Life and the Southwest Alberta Road Safety Society to purchase a rollover simulator.
The truck cab spins with a dummy inside, showing spectators the chaos inside the vehicle and just how quickly you can be thrown from a rolling vehicle if you're not wearing a seat belt.
Regional Traffic Safety Consultant Kevin Brandvold goes over the primary message they're trying to send with the simulator, "All of the engineering that goes into building vehicles these days, is designed to create a cab or capsule called the engineered life space of the vehicle. What is essential to have all that good engineering work for you, is that you simply buckle up and wear your seat belt."
Brandvold added that one anyone not wearing a seat belt in a vehicle is also not just putting their own life at risk, but the lives of everyone else in the vehicle. He explained that in a collision everything that is not secured, including a human body, can become a projectile that threatens everyone in the vehicle.
Ag for Life CEO David Sprague discussed who will get a chance to see the simulator in action, "We think this is going to be popular at many events, whether it's right here at the Lethbridge Exhibition, or fairs and rodeos, or community events. It can be at any kind of event where people gather because you get this great exposure and you have children there, young adults there. We project that in Southwestern Alberta we'll probably hit close to 70 events per year."
The rollover simulator is one of four in Alberta, but is the first privately owned unit. It cost an estimated $25,000.