An Garda Síochána has reinforced its safety message on the dangers associated with children and young teenagers being gifted quad bikes this Christmas.
In the last few years, there have been a number of people killed or injured in collisions involving a quad bike on public roads - Most of these incidents involved children under 18 years of age, according to Gardaí.
These vehicles, Gardaí stressed, are unsuitable for children and young teenagers and could cause life-changing injuries.
Illegal and anti-social use of quads
Chief Superintendent Paul Cleary of the Garda National Roads Policing Bureau, stated, "Members of An Garda Síochána do not want to be delivering devastating news to another family this Christmas so our message is clear; children and young teenagers should not be driving these vehicles in public, or without the necessary licence, insurance, safety equipment and supervision."
Gardaí highlighted that illegal and anti-social use of quads poses a “serious safety hazard”, and a potential to cause fear and intimidation in communities.
They have said that they will have a visible presence in highlighted locations and will be enforcing the Public Order Act and the Road Traffic Act.