Characteristics of All-Terrain Vehicles and Their Operators on Kentucky Farms

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Kentucky led the nation for ATV deaths from 2002-2006, with rising numbers of fatalities annually. This project, funded through the Southeast Center's annual Feasibility Projects Program, aimed to increase knowledge of ATV prevalence and patterns of use on Kentucky farms; to help determine how frequently ATVs are used for farm chores (versus recreation); and to help identify those persons whose age, environment, riding characteristics, etc., make them especially vulnerable to ATV injury events.

Using the Theory of Planned Behavior as a conceptual framework, a random sample of farm households (N=2,292) was recruited to participate in a mail survey. A list of eligible farms was obtained from the USDA Kentucky Farm Service Agency and farms were selected with a probability proportional to size sampling (PPS) scheme based on the total number of farms of each of the 120 counties in Kentucky. Findings from the study are being used to inform public health practitioners and the agricultural community about ATV utilization on farms and key opportunities for injury prevention. See Wilson J. Characteristics of all-terrain vehicles and their operators on Kentucky farms. 2012.

Principal Investigator: Jessica Wilson, MSN, ARNP, PhD; University of Kentucky College of Nursing. Advised by Dr. Deborah Reed, Distinguished Service Professor and Good Samaritan Endowed Chair, UK College of Nursing; Dr. James Helkamp, former Director of the West Virginia Injury Control Research Center; Dr. Steve Browning, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology in the UK College of Public Health; and Dr. Ellen Hahn, Professor of Nursing and a faculty associate of the UK Prevention Research Center.