Essex Junction, Vt. There have 42 deaths on Vermont roads in 2017 and according to Vermont State Police, 57% of drivers were not wearing their seat belt.
Troopers, alongside other state highway safety groups, have been at the Champlain Valley Fair all week educating drivers and showing them a simulation of a crash. Channel 3 put our camera inside the demo, which shows what happens when a car is involved in a roll over at 30 MPH. It's a startling sight and state police have one simple message for drivers.
"The importance of wearing a seat belt, the simple fact is that. There's other dynamics that have been involved in some of the fatalities, speed has been an issue as well as impaired driving but seat belt use is an easy thing to do. Just get in your vehicle and lock the seat belt on. Takes just a couple of seconds and makes a huge difference," said Sgt. Mark Perkins of the Vermont State Police.
The Vermont State Police says the turnout was low Sunday because of the rain, but they say they had very busy and successful booth overall at the fair.