A video has been released that showcases the dangers of riding in the back of a pickup truck. The stunning footage shows a silver sedan, traveling at approximately 56 mph, slamming into the rear end of a white pickup, crumpling the bed and sending the makeshift passengers soaring through the air.
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The video was produced by the North Carolina Governor’s Highway Safety Program and is designed to highlight the dangers of riding in the back of pickup trucks.
Crash test dummies were placed in the bed of the vehicle, and a silver sedan was sent hurtling toward the truck.
Upon impact, the three crash test dummies are sent flying. In the slow-motion clip, the video clearly shows the bed of the pickup truck crumpling after being struck.
The clip was created to serve as a warning. While it is legal in North Carolina for persons aged 16 and older to ride in the bed of a pickup, the safety agency advises against the practice.
According to a report by the Daily Mail, the original clip was accompanied by a caption, reading: “The truck was hit by the car traveling 56 miles an hour. Buckle-up and don’t ride in the back of a pick-up truck.”
Laws regarding riding in the back of pickup trucks vary by state. In Florida, minors can only be in the bed of a truck if they are restrained. Ohio limits the practice to those 16 or older unless the younger passenger is in a vehicle traveling less than 25 mph.
California largely forbids the practice, though some exceptions do apply.
Other law enforcement agencies have also shared the video, aiming to warn citizens in their areas of the dangers of riding in the bed of pickups.