Injury fears following scrambler incident

by Mark O'Brien

Clondalkin residents say they fear that it is only a matter of time before somebody is seriously injured due to the improper use of scramblers and quad bikes in the area.

On Saturday, a man was seriously injured in Darndale Park when a scrambler landed on his head while he was sunbathing.

The issue was discussed on 98FM’s Dublin Talks show on Monday, with several Clondalkin residents contacting the show to say that scramblers and quad bikes were causing huge problems in the area.

One caller, Nathan, told host Jeremy Dixon that improper scrambler use was a daily occurrence in the area.

He said: “There’s kids going over to the shops and you’re fearing for your life then when you hear the scramblers.”

Lisa from Bawnogue, said that the use of these vehicles is having a detrimental effect on the whole community.

She said: “There are people there that are trying to get some of the parks back up and running. Getting football clubs back into parks but the pitches in the parks are destroyed.

So, you have to look into getting the pitches redone and then it’s stopping the lads coming in on the bikes again so that you can actually get football clubs up and running in the local parks. The parks are supposed to be there for everyone.”

Lisa said those using the scramblers are driving in a dangerous manner and fears there could be a serious accident.

“You want people to slow down. You want them to realise that somebody’s life is going to be taken. That’s the main issue. And they are going in to parks. They’re destroying any green space that there is.”

In April, a cross-agency meeting was held to tackle the issues with scramblers and quad bikes.

John Curran TD said it was frustrating that there had been little progress made.

He said: “Despite existing by-laws in place that prohibit the illegal use of mechanically propelled vehicles, the gardai have some difficulty enforcing these laws. Gardai policing on the ground say their hands are tied in pursuing those that use quads and scramblers because of the degree of danger that a chase would involve, often in residential areas and public space.”

Deputy Curran said he feared there would be more accidents unless there was legislative change to help tackle the issue.

“As far as I am concerned the only meaningful solution would be to adopt a co-ordinate approach between gardai, the local authority and the wider community to clamp down on the improper use of scramblers and quads and the anti-social behaviour linked to it,” he said.

“We need to act now before more lives are adversely impacted.”

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