Pair badly injured after scrambler accident

by Mark O'Brien
The scrambler sprawled across the road in Lucan. Picture: Lucan Life Facebook page

A teenager and a young man were seriously injured in a crash involving a scrambler in Lucan last week.

The crash happened on Thursday evening (May 10) at Griffeen Avenue when the scrambler collided with a car.

A 20-year-old man was driving the scrambler with a 16-year-old passenger on the back of the bike.

Both received serious injuries and were taken to Blanchardstown Hospital.

The driver of the car, a 22-year-old man, was uninjured.

Gardai confirmed that investigations into the incident are ongoing.

The issue of scrambler and quad use in West Dublin has been to the fore in recent weeks.

Last week, Dublin Gazette reported that Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan had confirmed that a cross-agency meeting had taken place with the aim of tightening the regulations related to the use of the vehicles.

South Dublin County Council have previously stated that they would set up a working forum to tackle the issue.

The issue was raised again at Monday’s full council meeting by Cllr Francis Timmons (Ind).
In response to Cllr Timmons’s request for an update as to the progress in establishing the forum, the council said they were eager to progress matters.

A report from the council stated: “Given the ongoing engagement of the council’s road safety officer with An Garda Siochana and Motorcycling Ireland in relation to such issues, it has been agreed that the council road safety officer will sit on this group, if established, preferably as Chair.

“As with any such group that may be established, it will be necessary to develop Terms of Reference for this group, if established, and it should only be required for a short period of time, being possibly an opportune time to see if input can be given into new draft legislation.

“Contact has been made with other DLAs to see if there is a willingness to collaborate on this issue, especially now as it is understood that Justice Minister, Charlie Flanagan, is set to consider additional legislation to tackle the anti-social misuse of scramblers and quad bikes.

“We await responses in this regard.”

The council confirmed they would be taking measures in the interim to tackle incidents of anti-social behaviour related to scrambler and quad use.

These measures include installing boundary fences in certain parks and open spaces.

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