Healthcare Workers Work to Prevent ATV Fatalities

November 4, 2014

Two healthcare professionals are traveling around Kentucky in an effort to reduce the number of fatalities stemming from crashes involving all-terrain vehicles.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Carol Wright, a nurse and pediatric trauma care coordinator at the University of Kentucky, and Dr. Karen Lommel, an emergency room resident at UK, have been visiting areas in the state and urging the need for safety.

Lommel recommended basic safety precautions including wearing helmets and boots, riding vehicles that are the right size and staying off paved roads.

According to data from the Insurance institute for Highway Safety, Kentucky had the highest number of ATV deaths in the nation from 2007 to 2011. The state recorded 122 deaths in that time period.

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