RHS Students Ride "The Convincer" As Part Of A Safe Driving Program in Physical Education Classes

Throughout the week of May 16th during physical education class, Rhinebeck High School students participated in safe driving events and rode “The Convincer,” an innovative simulator that allows participants to safely experience the impact of a low speed crash.


“The Convincer,” was developed to help educate the general public of the immeasurable benefits from wearing seat belts, even during low speed collisions. Once buckled into the simulator, participants ride to the bottom of a small incline and experience a simulation of a five to seven mile per hour car crash. Studies show that seat belt use is the single most effective method a person can use to prevent deaths and injuries, while reducing the costs associated with motor vehicle crashes. As part of the event, students were asked to sign the “Buckle Up, Phone Down” pledge banner in conjunction with the NYS Department of Health Bureau of Occupational Health and Injury Prevention campaign.


In addition to “The Convincer,” Rhinebeck School Resource Officers Beth Imperato and Ken Scattergood ran the annual Battle of the Belts competition, in which teams of four students competed to see who buckled up the fastest.


Special thanks to Rhinebeck High School Physical Education teachers Lisa Hackett and David Jutton, the School Resource Officers, as well as the New York State Troopers and New York State Department of Health for providing opportunities to reinforce the importance of safe driving.






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