Parents urged not to give their children quad bikes or scramblers for Christmas
"Members of An Garda Síochána do not want to be delivering devastating news to another family this Christmas."
The RSA and An Garda Síochána have launched a new public awareness campaign to highlight the dangers quad bikes and scramblers pose to children and to urge parents not to gift them this Christmas.
Six people died in Ireland between 2014 and 2019 due to accidents involving a quad bike or scrambler and three of those were under the age of 18.
Figures published by the Road Safety Authority show that between 2014 and 2019, 60 people were injured in collisions involving a quadbike or scrambler on a public road.
Of those killed or injured, 41% of those involved 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 quadbikes 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. They are required to be registered, taxed and in good road-worthy condition. The driver of the vehicle must hold the appropriate driving licence and be insured to drive the vehicle.
"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."
Gardaí are also keen to highlight that it is an offence for these vehicles to be used in public places such as parks and public areas.
They said they will have visible and will be enforcing the Public Order Act and the Road Traffic Act as the illegal and anti-social use of scramblers and quads causes fear and intimidation in communities.