An Garda Síochána would
like to reinforce its safety message on the dangers
associated with children and young teenagers being
gifted quad bikes and scramblers this Christmas.
In the last few years, there have been a number of
people killed or injured in collisions involving a
quad bike or a scrambler on public roads. Most of
these incidents involved children under 18 years of
These vehicles are unsuitable for children and young
teenagers and could cause life changing injuries.
Chief Superintendent Paul Cleary of the Garda
National Roads Policing Bureau stated, "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."
An Garda Síochána also wish to highlight the fact
that some youths on scramblers have been linked to
anti-social behaviour in our parks and public areas.
This illegal and anti-social use of scramblers and
quads poses a serious safety hazard and a potential
to cause fear and intimidation in our communities.
Gardaí will have a visible presence in highlighted
locations and will be enforcing the Public Order Act
and the Road Traffic Act.