Scramblers a scourge on society says TD

by Rose Barrett
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Deputy Paul Donnelly (SF) who lives in the Clonsilla area has recently raised the ‘scourge’ of scramblers in the Dáil, writes Rose Barrett.

“I challenged the Minister on the floor of the Dáil to bring forward the promised legislation to deal with the dangerous use of illegal scramblers on our roads, paths, parks and open spaces,” said Deputy Donnelly. Scramblers have also been somewhat of a nuisance in Swords recently and was raised at last week’s JPC meeting.

“They are becoming a major nuisance,” said Cllr Ann Graves who noted that gardaí cannot legally take chase.

“We demand action to tackle this scourge,” said Deputy Donnelly. “Both England and Wales have shown that it can be dealt with; if the gardaí here were given the powers, the resources and the strategy to deal with it, we could tackle it too! It is putting citizens in dangers along with the dangers to the young drivers of these scramblers.”

He further added scrambler drivers are using the transport mode for drug dealing, knowing full well gardaí can’t challenge them. They also promote their dangerous activities on Tik Tok, on YouTube, Instagram, and social media, driving on motorways, footpaths, roads and parks – even at funerals, claimed Deputy Donnelly.

“It is time for the government to put a stop to this lawlessness, a scourge on our communities.”

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