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South Dublin County Council and Fingal County Council Quad and Scrambler Bike Safety Campaign

South Dublin County Council and Fingal County Council Quad and Scrambler Bike Safety Campaign

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 Campaign urges parents not to gift quad bikes and scramblers for Christmas

South Dublin County Council and Fingal County Council have launched a joint public awareness campaign highlighting the dangers quad bikes and scramblers pose to children, and to urge parents not to gift them this Christmas.

The campaign supports the recent initiative by the Road Safety Authority, and will include an advert featuring motocross rider Stuart Edmonds. The advert outlines the correct environment, and care to be taken, when riding these vehicles, and will be shown in cinemas throughout South Dublin and Fingal. This message is strongly supported by An Garda Síochána and Motor Cycling Ireland.

In the last number of years there has been a noticeable increase in the number of quads and scrambler bikes being used in an inappropriate manner in urban towns and cities. The use of these bikes on public roads, parks and open spaces has been a growing issue with communities feeling threatened and unsafe when these bikes are being used. Unless the bike has been registered, taxed, insured and brought up to the correct standard it is illegal for it to be used on the public road. It is illegal to use these bikes in public parks and open spaces.

Mr. Ally Menary, Road Safety Officer, South Dublin County Council said: "Parents need to be aware that scramblers and quad bikes are not toys, particularly at this time of year. South Dublin County Council is working closely with An Garda Síochána to address anti-social behaviour arising from the use of these vehicles".

President of Motorcycling Ireland, Mr. Sean Bissett, encouraged young riders to use the resources that are provided for them through MCI and said ‘There are affiliated clubs all over Ireland who can provide guidance and advice for beginners. The resources are there for people to enter this sport in a safe and responsible way and we encourage all riders to contact their club and learn how to partake in this sport correctly.’

Three of the four people who died in Ireland as a result of an incident involving a quad bike or scrambler were aged 18 or under, in the period 2014 to 2017, according to provisional statistics published by the Road Safety Authority (RSA).

The casualty figures also show that between 2014 and 2017, there were 39 people killed or injured in collisions involving a quadbike or scrambler on a public road. 16 or 41% were 18 years of age or under.

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For more information, contact South Dublin County Council Communications Unit at communications@sdublincoco.ie

IMAGE 1: Superintendent Liam Carolan , Sgt. Joe Delaney , Mayor of Fingal County Council Cllr Anthony Lavin, Jake Sheridan (Rider). Mayor of South Dublin County Council Cllr Mark Ward

IMAGE 2: Superintendent Liam Carolan , Sgt. Joe Delaney , Jake Sheridan (Rider)

IMAGE 3: Superintendent Liam Carolan , Sgt. Joe Delaney , Jake Sheridan (Rider)

 

About South Dublin County Council

South Dublin County is one of four local authority areas in the Dublin region.

South Dublin County Council provides and funds a broad range of services including housing, roads, walking and cycling routes, parks and playgrounds, libraries, sports facilities, litter control, arts centres, enterprise units, fire services, community infrastructure and financial supports. It also serves as a platform for local democracy with 40 councillors spread across six electoral areas.

Bounded by the River Liffey to the North and the Dublin Mountains to the South, the County lies 16 kilometres south-west of Dublin city centre and has an administrative footprint of 223sq. kilometres. The County has nine main villages Clondalkin, Lucan, Palmerstown, Rathfarnham, Tallaght, Templeogue, Saggart, Rathcoole and Newcastle and is bounded by adjoining counties of Wicklow, Kildare, Dublin City, Fingal and Dún Laoghaire.

 

 

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  • IMAGE 1: Mayor of SDCC Cllr Mark Ward, Mayor of FCC Cllr Anthony Lavin, Superintendent Liam Carolan , Sgt. Joe Delaney , Jake Sheridan (Rider)
    IMAGE 1: Mayor of SDCC Cllr Mark Ward, Mayor of FCC Cllr Anthony Lavin, Superintendent Liam Carolan , Sgt. Joe Delaney , Jake Sheridan (Rider)
  • IMAGE 2: Superintendent Liam Carolan , Sgt. Joe Delaney , Jake Sheridan (Rider)
    IMAGE 2: Superintendent Liam Carolan , Sgt. Joe Delaney , Jake Sheridan (Rider)
  • IMAGE 3: Superintendent Liam Carolan , Sgt. Joe Delaney , Jake Sheridan (Rider)
    IMAGE 3: Superintendent Liam Carolan , Sgt. Joe Delaney , Jake Sheridan (Rider)

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