Rollover Simulator

Car crashes are a leading cause of death for people in every age group from 1 to 34. Seatbelt use remains a serious safety concern as two out of every three fatalities in Georgia involve unsecured occupants.

As a part of our ongoing effort to educate the public, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety has secured a “Rollover Simulator” that allows us to come to your event or location and conduct demonstrations.

Crash dummies are placed in the Ford Ranger pickup truck without wearing safety belts. A 35 mph rollover crash is simulated and the audience can observe the results of not being properly restrained. Crash dummies are then buckled in for a second simulation demonstrating the importance of wearing safety belts in a vehicle.

FAQ's About GOHS's Rollover Simulator

1) How do I request the Rollover for my event?

The process of reserving the Rollover Simulator follows the steps below:

  • Download and complete the Rollover Reservation Request Form.
  • Return the Form to GOHS by email. A written request is required.
  • GOHS will contact you within five business days at one of the contact points you provide to let you know your Form has been received.
  • GOHS will follow-up with you again before the date of your event to confirm attendance of the Rollover and staff.
  • GOHS's Rollover Simulator is reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. We will make every effort to accommodate requests as our budget, staffing and equipment are available.

2) Who can reserve the Rollover?
Anyone can place a reservation for the Rollover for events inside the State of Georgia. The Rollover Simulator has attended hundreds of events such as pre-prom programs, school events, community safety fairs, Ghost Outs, press conferences, corporate safety trainings and highway safety conferences.

3) How much does it cost?
There is no charge for the Rollover Simulator.

4) How does the Rollover work? What kind of demonstration is it?
The Rollover Simulator is an actual 1995 Ford Ranger pickup truck mounted on a trailer operated by hydraulics. Two crash dummies are placed inside the vehicle which is then rolled completely over. NO ONE MAY GET INSIDE THE SIMULATOR. IT IS NOT A "RIDE."

The Rollover Simulator is an educational presentation about the importance of properly wearing seatbelts and using booster and/or child safety seats. Each presentation lasts about 15-20 minutes. The presentation works best at safety-themed events with a published or announced schedule of demonstration times.

5) Are there any special requirements?
A space of about 45 feet long, or roughly the same as a tractor-trailer, is needed. The Rollover is 23 feet long, 8 feet wide and 9 feet high pulled by a 1-ton, crew-cab, long-bed truck. The Rollover must have at least a 40-foot diameter in which to park. This area is about the same size as ten standard parking spaces, two rows of five facing each other.

The Rollover turns completely over using hydraulics powered by a gasoline engine. No electricity is required. Demonstrations typically work best in a parking lot or large flat area due to the noise it creates, the need for ventilation and the space it requires. The Rollover can be operated inside of a building with adequate space and ventilation.

The Rollover cannot be operated in the rain, inclement weather or extreme temperatures (heat or cold). If you are considering the Rollover as a key component for your event, GOHS strongly encourages you to reserve a date as early as possible, as well as reserve a backup date in case of inclement weather.

6) What days and times are best?
Tuesday - Saturday between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., work the best for scheduling the Rollover at your event. The GOHS Rollover Simulator is moved around the state based upon scheduling and these times best allow for travel to and from events. Events held on Holidays, Sundays, and the first day of the week generally have lower participation. However, GOHS is flexible and will make every effort to attend event requests, based on staff and equipment availability.*

Spring (March-April) and Fall (September-October) are the most requested times of the year for the Rollover. We recommended you plan up to one year in advance for events during these times.

7) How soon should I make a request?
GOHS recommends submitting your reservation request between 45 days up to one year in advance of an event that has a set date. However, you may submit requests with less notice.

8) Who do I contact if I have additional questions?

For additional information, contact Roger Hayes, Law Enforcement Services Director, at 404-971-0379.