About BITZ


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.

Through a unique hospital and school based collaboration, the “Be In The Zone” Program aims to prevent injury and save lives by increasing knowledge about the dangers of distracted driving especially cell phone use and texting while driving.

Our Teen Motor Vehicle Safety Program “Be In The Zone” has two phases:

Phase 1: Be In The Zone-Be Smart, Drive Smart

Hospital-Based Program

A hospital-based, interactive program where teenagers experience an up-close look at what would happen as a result of unsafe driving practices.

During a mock simulation, students are given an up close view of what happens in the trauma room when a patient is rushed in from a motor vehicle crash.

Phase 2: Be In The Zone-Turn Off Your Phone

School-Based Program

A school-based program that encourages teenagers to take the lessons they learned in the hospital and translate it into a yearlong, multi-faceted distracted driving campaign in their own school.

Press Releases

Check Presentation from The Allstate Foundation

Check Presentation from The Allstate Foundation

The Allstate Foundation presented a check for $72,000 to implement the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt’s teen motor vehicle safety program “Be in the Zone” Program. This year the program is partnering with 11 high schools across 10 counties covering more than 12,000 students: Brentwood High School, Cookeville High School, Gallatin High School, Glencliff High School, Independence High School, Macon County High School, Marshall County High School, Riverdale High School, Spring Hill High School, Summertown High School and White House Heritage High School. They will compete in a yearlong competition to get the “no texting while driving” message out in their schools and community. The winning school will receive a $10,000 grand prize.

Press Event with State Officials

Press Event with State Officials
(from left to right) Sgt. Bill Miller with Tennessee Highway Patrol; Purnima Unni, Pediatric Trauma Injury Prevention Program Coordinator; Tatum Hittle (Lebanon High School) and Amberly Leininger (Siegel High School), students in the (B.I.T.Z.) program; Doug and Pat Ralls, parent advocates; Kendell Poole, director of the Governor’s Highway Safety Office; and John B. Pietsch, M.D., associate professor of Pediatric Surgery at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.

During National Teen Driver Safety Week, we partnered with state officials to promote teen driver safety by hosting a press event.

We Care For Kids Day

We Care For Kids Day
Families lined up to play our injury prevention spinner game. Participants were quizzed on injury prevention strategies & received a prize for participating.

Our program hosted a booth at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital's annual"We Care For Kids Day". The event featured several activities for kids & their families. Our booth focused on our Teen Motor Vehicle Safety Program with educational games, activities, and prizes promoting safe driving awareness.

26th Annual Tennessee Lifesavers Conference

To promote our Teen Motor Vehicle Safety Program, our trauma injury prevention team attended the 26th Annual Tennessee Lifesavers Conference hosted by the Governor's Highway Safety Office (September 4th-6th, 2013). While there, we were able to network with law enforcement, government officials, and like minded safety agencies from across the state, further promoting our message of saving lives through education and prevention.



Allstate Foundation