GLEN BURNIE, Md. (WUSA) -- A 30-foot crash dummy found a permanent home at the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) in Glen Burnie, Md.

Officials say the statue will serve to remind people to buckle up, in a state where only 46 percent of passengers killed in car accidents in 2011 were wearing seat belts.

"If seat belts were used by everyone on Maryland's roads, close to 100 lives could be saved in Maryland each year," said MVA Administrator John Kuo. "Seat belts reduce the risk of death and critical injuries by as much as 50 percent."

The statue was purchased for federal funds from this summer's Baltimore Artscape festival.

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