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MVA Unveils Giant Dummy to Promote Seat Belt Usage

The Motor Vehicle Administration in Glen Burnie unveiled a giant crash test dummy to promote seat belt usage.

There's a news face in Glen Burnie, and the Motor Vehicle Administration hopes it's big enough to save lives.

MVA officials unveiled a 34-foot crash test dummy in front of the building on Ritchie Highway to promote seat belt usage.

Lack of seat belt usage played a factor in 38 percent of motor vehicle deaths in Maryland over the past five years, according to MVA statistics. This percentage is greater than the percentage of deaths caused by impairment or speed in the same time period.

The fiberglass sculpture cost $63,000 and was paid for with grants from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

To learn more about Maryland's efforts to reduce traffic fatalities, visit the Toward Zero Deaths Maryland website.

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tom November 20, 2012 at 10:30 PM
What a disgusting waste of funds, especially in this time of tight budgets. That money could have gone toward a police cruiser or something far more worthwhile. I wonder what idiot signed off on this frivolous purchase. I'm sure that in addition to the initial cost, there will be maintenance and storage costs down the road that have not been considered. Has the MVA lost it's mind?
County Resident November 21, 2012 at 12:35 PM
I was thinking the same thing. Why waste all that money on a big ass dummy that will probably cause an accident after someone stares at it!
Elizabeth November 21, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Here's another example of ignorance in our government. What gives them the idea that they can spend the taxpayers money anyway they choose. That May I remind them that they aren't special, or royalty but employees of the tax paying citizens of this state. That "dummy" is a total waste of money. If they wanted a dummy standing outside DMV then they should have taken turns instead of buying that stupid thing.
Rhonda November 21, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Not to mention it is ugly as sin, out in front of that place!
County Resident November 21, 2012 at 11:22 PM
Elizabeth I like your idea. Maybe people who have broken the seat belt laws could do it or they could have someone that was affected by not wearing their seatbelt tell their story. I wonder how much said DUMMY cost??!!

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