The Nebraska State Patrol office in Scottsbluff says its Seat Belt Convincer, a simulator aimed at helping prevent injury and fatal crashes, is on display through Friday at Scottsbluff and Gering schools.

Students at the middle and senior high schools who try the convincer earn a raffle ticket in a drawing for autographed basketballs by Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors. The balls will be given away at halftime of the boys and girls Scottsbluff-Gering basketball games Friday, the patrol said.

The convincer is a seat-belt safety demonstration in which participants are belted into a seat that slides about 15 feet before coming to a sudden stop against a rubber bumper. Those who try it are moving just 5-7 mph, but the device can deliver a decent jolt. The convincer is part of the patrol’s efforts to reduce the potential for serious-injury and fatal vehicle crashes.

The raffle tickets are provided by the community sponsors Allo Communications, Logoz and Platte Valley Companies. T-shirts and rally towels reading Buckle Up for the Rivalry, provided by the sponsors, also will be given out during both games.

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