Tennessee Coalition for OHV Safety

Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt supports the American Academy of Pediatrics' and the American College of Surgeons' recommendations: Children 16  and under should not ride or drive off-highway vehicles (OHV) such as all-terrain vehicles (ATVs).

ATV-related crashes involving children are on the rise. In 2010 there were an estimated 115,000 ATV-related emergency department-treated injuries in the U.S. About 25 percent involved children younger than 16.

Tennessee ranked seventh in the U.S. with 101 reported ATV-related fatalities between 2007 and 2010. This shows the importance of spreading awareness about this issue throughout our state.

To encourage the well-being of Tennessee's youth, Children's Hospital has teamed with the Tennessee 4-H Youth Development Program and numerous other state organizations to promote OHV safety.

Mission of the coalition: Promote OHV Safety in the state of Tennessee

Goal: Launch a statewide public educational campaign on OHV Safety 


  • Increase awareness of OHV safety among youth, parents and communities in Tennessee.
  • Build partnerships with consistent messaging, committed to addressing the major issues of OHV safety.
  • Identify grant opportunities for furthering OHV initiatives.
  • Create and provide a toolkit on OHV safety for coalition partners.
  • Develop a database that records pediatric OHV injuries and educational outreach efforts.
  • Conduct research to understand and guide future OHV safety initiatives.

Steering committee organizations

  • Castle Powersports
  • Tennessee Future Farmers of America
  • Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
  • Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
  • Tennessee Department of Health
  • Tennessee Emergency Medical Services for Children
  • UT Extension
  • TN 4-H
  • Tennessee Department of Education

Advisory board organizations

  • Rural Health Association of Tennessee
  • Children's Hospital at Erlanger
  • East Tennessee Children's Hospital
  • Tennessee Department of Health - Traumatic Brain Injury Program
  • Vanderbilt School of Nursing
  • Tennessee Academy of Family Physicians
  • National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council
  • LeBonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis

You may join the coalition by contacting the Trauma Service's Injury Prevention Program Manager Purnima Unni- purnima.unni@vumc.org

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