OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Wearing your seat belt while driving is a state law in both Kansas and Missouri.
At Oak Park Mall on Saturday, some teens got to experience what happens if they are not wearing one.
A special simulator was set up outside the mall to give participants a chance to see what it might feel like if they get involved in a crash without being buckled in.
The teens said it served as a wake-up call about the risks associated with driving.
“It hurt...it hurt my back and chest," said one young person who tried the simulator.
KU men’s basketball head coach Bill Self was also on hand signing autographs.
The event was sponsored by State Farm Insurance and 16 area high schools. A recently published national survey sponsored by State Farm and conducted by Harris Interactive showed one-third of teens admit to having sent a text message while driving.
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