“Act quickly to tackle menace of scramblers”

by Padraig Conlon

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]The Minister for Justice must take immediate action to deal with the menace of scramblers in Tallaght, a councillor has said.

At the latest meeting of the Tallaght Area Committee Fianna Fail Councillor Charlie O’Connor introduced a motion calling on Minister Charlie Flanagan to act quickly.

O’Connor said local people are getting increasingly anxious as the scrambler scourge in the community gets steadily worse.

“The accounts given by locals living in Kingswood regarding the illegal use of scramblers in their community are harrowing,” he said.

“They are petrified to walk home, locked in their own homes for fear of the danger if they leave at certain hours and children can’t even play on the public green space in the estate.

“Information obtained by Fianna Fáil this month indicates that a policing operation has been put in place to specifically target this type of criminality, which the Minister has said resulted in a number of such vehicles being seized in the DMR South region.

“If that is the case then it’s made little or no impact on reducing the level of chaos being faced by Kingswood residents.

“The taskforce, established to examine ways of dealing with the problem, need to up the ante because attending meetings won’t make much of a difference to the people most affected.”

Scramblers are banned in public parks by local bye-laws, but this doesn’t seem to be a deterrent.

SDCC have spent over €100,000 to construct fencing in a few locations in Tallaght aiming to stop scramblers and quads accessing parks and open spaces.

Cllr O Connor added:
“According to the Road Safety Authority, more than 40% of those injured or killed by the misuse of scramblers were aged 18 or younger.
“My major worry would be that more scrambler bikes will be purchased as gifts for young people that are not permitted to use them in public areas or that won’t be properly supervised.
“I can only plead with parents and young people to steer clear of scramblers and quad bikes this Christmas.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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