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June 4, 2010

DNR recognized for assistance on ATV safety research

According to an April 2010 report from the United Sates Government Accountability Office, about one-third of all-terrain-vehicle related injuries involve children younger than 16 years of age. The Injury Prevention Center at Arkansas Children’s Hospital recently recognized partners in research efforts to reduce injuries and fatalities in rural youth as a result of all-terrain-vehicle crashes.

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) was commended for participation in all-terrain-vehicle (ATV) safety research that will help the Injury Prevention Center build a tool kit for effective ATV safety education strategies for use in rural communities. DNR hunting safety instructors, as well as Orangeburg and Bamberg County 4-H leaders, used the working tool kit and made recommendations to the Injury Prevention Center on how to make the kit more user-friendly and more effective.

A three-year grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration Emergency Medical Services for Children, a division of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, is funding the research.

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