Santa warns of Claus for concern over quad bikes and scramblers

by Rachel Darcy

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]The Garda commissioner received a very important letter from a certain man in red last week, asking him to remind children not to ask for scramblers bikes this Christmas.

Santa Claus wrote to Garda Commissioner Drew Harris on Friday, saying that he was worried that children are asking for quad bikes and scramblers for Christmas.

Mr Claus wrote that he’s seen how many people have been injured in serious quad-related accidents, and he has asked the commissioner to remind everyone that scramblers are not suitable for children.

“I can’t bear to see any more hurt children or sad parents,” Santa wrote, providing Commissioner Harris with some helpful safety information to pass along to parents and children across Ireland.

He wrote: “Quad bikes are not suitable gifts for children unless they are used with safety equipment and in a safe place, not a public road. They cannot be used in public parks unless there is a designated area.”

The warning comes direct from the North Pole, following a number of safety incidents reported all around the world relating to scramblers within the past several months.

Earlier this year, Gardai seized a number of quad bikes and scramblers in Ballymun after several accidents.

At the time, An Garda Siochana reminded the public that scramblers cannot be driven in public places without a driving licence or insurance.

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) have also agreed with Santa’s wishes, saying that more than 40% of people involved in accidents involving scramblers or quad bikes were under 18 years of age.

Between 2014 and 2017, the RSA say that 40 people were injured or killed by quads.

Moyagh Murdock, chief executive of the RSA, said: “Every Christmas, these kinds of vehicles are given as presents, or left by Santa Claus, so it’s important people know the risks. Quad bikes and scramblers are not toys.

“They are intended to be driven by people who firstly inform themselves of the risk they pose and who are aware of the need for care, particularly when driving on uneven ground.

“Scramblers are also a big problem in the hands of inexperienced and mostly unsupervised children, who are riding them around housing estates, local parks and on the public road, often with no protective clothing whatsoever.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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