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Ireland Quads and scramblers warned to stay off roads after two crashes

11:09  04 january  2018
11:09  04 january  2018 Source:   thejournal.ie

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Parents and users are being urged to be aware of the risks and dangers associated with riding these vehicles.

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a man riding a motorcycle down a dirt road © Dean Clarke via Shutterstock DRIVERS OF QUADS and scramblers are being warned to stay off the roads after two recent incidents.

One was a head-on collision with a jeep. In a statement South Dublin County Council said the driver of the quad was lucky to escape life changing injuries.

The council is warning people about the dangers of using scramblers and quads as some people may have received the vehicles as gifts over the Christmas period.

Parents and users are being urged to be aware of the risks and dangers associated with riding these vehicles and also to wear the appropriate safety gear.

Declan Keogh, Road Safety Officer, South Dublin County Council said, “What many people don’t realise is the potential danger or risks which riders are faced with while using scramblers and quads.

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And drivers have now been urged to stay off the roads after the RAC attended 8,000 breakdowns up to 5pm yesterday. A number of crashes after been reported on the M20 in Kent after the fire service warned of "black ice" on the carriageways.

NC stay off the roads today/tonight. 5 minutes after helping these folks I center punched a pine tree. All good. Probably just needs a new alignment. pic.twitter.com/OfA5Q28jew.

They are in fact vehicles which are designed for off-road use and should be used in a controlled environment but not only that, an operator of a quad or scrambler is also required to follow the same rules of the road as other vehicle users.

The Road Safety Officer has begun an advertising awareness campaign to highlight the dangers of using these vehicles and to appeal to parents and riders themselves to use their quads or scramblers with safety in mind.

The awareness campaign will involve advertising in cinemas, on social media, in local press, shopping centres and community centres.

Pictured: Gardai at scene of horror M50 crash that saw car flip over .
The incident occurred just over an hour ago on a morning that saw five crashes across the capital .The collision occurred on the M50 Northbound between the J12 and J11.Three lanes are closed with one axillary lane open.Meanwhile, a four car collision on the M50 near the Red Cow was causing serious traffic disruption all morning.Emergency services dealt with the incident which occurred on the busiest route in Dublin.Another crash on the Templeogue Road at around 7am this morning also caused heavy delays, but the road has since been reopened.

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