The Pediatric Trauma Injury Prevention Program at Children's Hospital is addressing distracted driving among teenagers through a data-driven, research-based program funded by Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services and The Allstate Foundation.
The ‘‘Be in the Zone’’ (BITZ) Teen Motor Vehicle Safety program is an initiative of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt designed to address the growing problem of teen motor vehicle crashes in Tennessee. It is a unique hospital-school collaborative program that educates teenage drivers of the dangers of texting while driving. It is a sequential combination of hospital and school-based components over a school year.
Our Teen Motor Vehicle Safety Program "Be In The Zone" has two phases:
Phase 1: Hospital-Based Program
In this hospital-based, interactive program, teenagers experience an up-close look at what would happen as a result of unsafe driving practices.
Phase 2: School-Based Program
In this School-Based Program, teenagers are encouraged to translate the lessons they learned in the hospital into a yearlong, multi-faceted distracted driving campaign in their own schools.
Students from Central Magnet School, Murfreesboro, Tenn., received their first-place award for "Best Campaign" in the 2015-2016 Be In the Zone Competition.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among teen drivers. The main goal of this program was to reduce texting while driving among high school teens through a unique peergenerated anti-texting campaign.
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