Middle school students learn the importance of seat belts, thanks to Topeka Police

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Middle school students learned the importance of seat belts Wednesday morning.

Students from the Topeka Public School District strapped into a seat belt convincer as part of the Topeka Police Department's summer camp. The machine, which was brought by state troopers, simulates a slow impact accident. It shows students why seat belts are important to wear and how to prevent injury while wearing them.

One Topeka Police Officer says while the convincer was fun for the students, it was teaching them a lesson.

"The kids are enjoying it, and I think we have most of them convinced it's quite important to wear your seat belt when you're driving in a vehicle," Officer Gene Dixon said.

The students also learned about the penalties of drinking and driving, and even used DUI goggles.