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  • Northside West

Christmas quad bike warning

Tuesday, 3rd December, 2019 8:00am
Christmas quad bike warning

Quad bikes can be a menace in the community when used illegally. PHOTO: BIGSTOCK

Christmas quad bike warning

Quad bikes can be a menace in the community when used illegally. PHOTO: BIGSTOCK

OVER 30 quad and scrambler bikes have been seized in the Finglas area in recent months, a local TD has revealed.

Dublin North West TD Dessie Ellis (SF) highlighted the figure as he appealed to parents not to buy these vehicles as presents for children or young people this Christmas.

In a statement, Deputy Ellis said: “Despite recent successes by An Garda Síochana in seizing over 30 quads and scramblers in the past few months in the Finglas area, their illegal use remains a constant danger and anti-social nuisance to the community.

“I urge parents and responsible individuals to consider the effects that the illegal use of such vehicles has on their neighbours and their community. Parents should also reflect on the danger to the young people illegally using them on public roads and parks, often without helmets or any other safety equipment or even insurance.”

He added: “A number of young people have died or have been seriously injured riding quads and scramblers and innocent passers-by have also been injured by the reckless riding of scramblers and quads on roads, footpaths on greens and in public spaces.

“In some estates and parks, the scramblers and quads are out every single day and people, especially the elderly, don’t feel safe walking the streets or taking their dogs out for a walk in the park.

“For many, there is no break for this activity. The noise pollution from the vehicles can run from early in the morning to very late into the night. I am asking people to please think before they buy.”

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