Fingal County Council Launches Quad & Scrambler Bike Safety Campaign
Fingal County Council has launched a public awareness campaign, highlighting the dangers quad bikes and scramblers pose to children. The campaign in the form of a cinema advert supports the recent initiative by the Road Safety Authority and An Garda Síochána. The advert outlines the correct environment, and care to be taken when riding these vehicles, and will be shown in cinemas throughout Fingal.
The campaign is strongly supported by An Garda Síochána and Motor Cycling Ireland. The advert will be shown in Cinemas in Blanchardstown, Swords and Balbriggan for three weeks starting from December 27th with the aim of maximum impact at this peak cinema attendance period and will also be promoted on Fingal County Council Social Media Channels.
Unless the bike has been registered, taxed, insured and brought up to the correct standard it is illegal for it to be used on the public road. It is illegal to use these bikes in public parks and open spaces. In the last number of years there has been a noticeable increase in the number of quads and scrambler bikes being used in an inappropriate manner in urban towns and cities. The use of these bikes on public roads, parks and open spaces has been a growing issue with communities feeling threatened and unsafe when these bikes are being used.
Mayor of Fingal Cllr. Eoghan O’Brien said: “This is a very important safety campaign which I strongly support. Christmas is a happy time for families and no one wants this to be ruined by a devastating injury caused by the unsafe use of these quad bikes or scramblers.”
Mr. David Storey, Director of Services for the Operations Department, Fingal Co Council said: “Parents need to be aware that scramblers and quad bikes have potentially lethal consequences if not used in the appropriate manner. Ensuring the safety of users of scramblers and quad bikes is our main priority. Fingal County Council is working closely with An Garda Síochána to address anti-social behaviour arising from the use of these vehicles.”
President of Motorcycling Ireland Sean Bissett, encouraged young riders to use the resources that are provided for them through MCI, saying: “There are affiliated clubs all over Ireland who can provide guidance and advice for beginners. The resources are there for people to enter this sport in a safe and responsible way and we encourage all riders to contact their club and learn how to partake in this sport correctly.”
See link to Advert on You Tube