Scrambler head-on collision with jeep

By William O'Connor

South Dublin County Council is warning people about the dangers of using scramblers and quads without wearing the proper head gear and protective equipment.

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

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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, 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 and to 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, in local press, shopping centres and community centres.

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