With Florida Highway Patrolman Joe Sanchez monitoring its operation, a rollover accident simulator is demonstrated during UM’s annual safety fair, which was held on the UC Rock Plaza.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (September 18, 2014) – Ejected from their vehicle during a violent rollover accident, the bodies of a man, woman, and small child went soaring through air, landing lifeless on the green space in front of the University of Miami bookstore as a crowd of onlookers reacted in shock.
While paramedics and law enforcement officials would normally arrive at such a tragic scene within minutes, there would be no such response on this day. After all, it wasn’t real—just a simulation conducted with crash test dummies and the cab of a pickup truck mounted on a trailer equipped with hydraulics.
The purpose: to show what happens to automobile occupants when they don’t wear safety belts in a rollover crash.
It was just one of the teaching tools demonstrated last Thursday at a safety fair on the Coral Gables campus aimed at raising awareness about the dangers of impaired and distracted driving, and the importance of buckling up.
The rollover simulator, operated by Florida Highway Patrolman Joe Sanchez, proved to be the day’s most dramatic demonstration. But it was a pair of ordinary-looking goggles that gave students and employees the chance to become active participants. Dozens of people attempted, unsuccessfully, to perform the walk-and-turn field sobriety test while wearing the special goggles, which simulate impaired ability.
Held on the UC Rock Plaza, the safety fair featured the UM Police Department, UM Parking and Transportation, Association of Commuter Students, PIER21 (the William W. Sandler, Jr. Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Education), RED (Responsible and Educated Drivers), and members of the UM Student Government executive board.
The Dori Slosberg Foundation, Florida Highway Patrol, Miami-Dade Expressway Authority, City of Miami Beach, and AAA/Traffic Safety Foundation also participated.