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  • Southside

Council warns of quad danger

Tuesday, 9th January, 2018 8:00am

Story by Neil Fetherstonhaugh
Council warns of quad danger

Declan Keogh, Road Safety Officer with South Dublin County Council.

Council warns of quad danger

Declan Keogh, Road Safety Officer with South Dublin County Council.

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SOUTHSIDERS have been warned of the dangers posed by riding scramblers and quads in the wake of two recent serious accidents.

South Dublin County Council issued the warning to people about the dangers of using the vehicles without wearing the proper head gear and protective equipment.

The warning comes following reports of two incidents, one of which involved a head-on collision with a jeep, in which the driver of the quad was lucky to escape life-changing injuries. 

Council officials say that while some people may have received a quad or a scrambler for Christmas, parents and users are urged to be aware of the risks and dangers associated with riding these vehicles and also to wear the appropriate safety gear. 

Declan Keogh, Road Safety Officer with South Dublin County Council, said: “What many people don’t realise is the potential danger or risks which riders are faced with while using scramblers and quads.

“They are, in fact, vehicles which are designed for off-road use and should be used in a controlled environment but not only that, an operator of a quad or scrambler is also required to follow the same rules of the road as other vehicle users.”

The Road Safety Officer has begun an advertising awareness campaign to highlight the dangers of using these vehicles.

The campaign will appeal to parents and riders themselves to use their quads or scramblers with safety in mind while having respect for their communities.

The awareness campaign will involve advertising in cinemas, on social media and in the press.

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