One major concern of our Boyle County Child Fatality Review Team is prevention of deaths and injuries to children. All-terrain vehicle (ATV) accidents are increasing dramatically. In1984, there were three ATV deaths in Kentucky; in 2003, there were 38 ATV deaths.
Ginger Alford, emergency and trauma coordinator at University of Kentucky, reports there have been 288 ATV deaths in Kentucky since 1984, with 105 of these involving children under 18 years of age. Six of the 38 ATV deaths in 2003 involved children under 18.
In our own local emergency room during the past 12 months, we have had 121 ATV-related injuries, and 54 of these involved children from ages 2 to 18. Many of these victims were ATV passengers.