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Gardaí highlight the danger of quad bikes 28.10.20

GARDAÍ and the Road Safety Authority (RSA) have launched a new public awareness campaign to highlight the dangers that quad bikes and scramblers pose to children and urge parents not to gift them this Christmas.
Three of the six people who died in Ireland as a result of an incident involving a quad bike or scrambler, between 2014 to 2019, were aged 18 or under according to provisional statistics published by the RSA.
The casualty figures also show that in the same period, 60 people were injured in collisions involving a quad bike or scrambler on a public road. Of those killed or injured, 41% of casualties were 18 years of age or under.
Assistant Commissioner Paula Hillman, National Roads Policing and Community Engagement Bureau, An Garda Síochána, said: "The use of scramblers and quads by children poses a serious safety hazard. These are powerful machines, which have the potential to severely or even fatally injure someone. That is why they not suitable to be used by children or inexperienced riders. Parents considering buying quad bikes or scramblers for their children this Christmas, need to be aware that when used on a public road they are subject to the same rules as other mechanically propelled vehicles.
Members of An Garda Síochána do not want to be delivering devastating news to another family this Christmas so our message is clear; children and young teenagers should not be driving these vehicles in public, or without the necessary licence, insurance, safety equipment and supervision."
It is an offence for these vehicles to be used in public places such as parks and public areas. This illegal and anti-social use of scramblers and quads causes fear and intimidation in our communities.
Ms. Liz O’Donnell, RSA Chairperson, said: "Every Christmas, quad bikes and scramblers are given as presents, sometimes to very young children, so it’s important people are informed of the risks. These machines are not toys. They are intended to be driven by people in a supervised and controlled environment. In the hands of inexperienced and often unsupervised children in public places, they are a serious danger. If you’re planning to gift a quad bike or scrambler this Christmas, please reconsider. If it’s the thought that counts, please think again.”
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