The Impact of a Statewide Coalition to Decrease Pediatric All-Terrain Vehicle Injuries

This article reports on the impact of a statewide coalition to decrease pediatric all-terrain vehicle (ATV) injuries. The authors contend that children lack the cognitive judgment and motor skills to safely operate ATVs in all situations. In 2012, the Trauma Team at Nemours Children's Health System/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children (N/AIDHC) partnered with Nemours Health & Prevention Services to form a broad-based Delaware-wide coalition in order to improve safety for those who ride ATVs. The authors first review risk factors for ATV-related injuries, helmet use trends, ATV state safety regulations, and current standards in the ATV industry. They go on to describe the work that the coalition undertook as part of an action plan. These activities included a policy scan and analysis of trauma registry data; gathering stakeholders and creating the coalition; and advocating for policy change. The coalition worked together to reach consensus, successfully advocating for the 2015 passage of legislation requiring helmets and limiting passengers for recreational ATV riders under the age of 18. The authors note that the coalition has also created an ATV safety training course for Delaware ATV riders. In 2017, the authors will begin an evaluation of the impact of the new legislation using state trauma data.


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  • Accession Number: 01682922
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 17 2018 11:53AM