Slieve Gulllion area Sinn Féin Councillor Mickey Larkin has said that an effective public awareness campaign highlighting the dangers of quads and scramblers is needed.
The local Councillor made his comments after an incident involving speeding quads at the Longfield road junction caused vehicles to swerve and narrowly avoided crashing.
The Councillor said,
A number of adults and children have lost their lives or have been seriously injured by these vehicles abd the use of them in a reckless manner.
Scramblers and quads are intended for off-road use only and it is illegal to drive them on public roads, public footpaths and in public places such as parks”.
The local Councillor continued,
“ We need to ensure that everyone, parents in particular, are aware of the law on scramblers and quads and where they can and cannot be used before they buy them for their children.
I think it is important we look at how we can run an effective public awareness campaign highlighting the dangers of quads and scramblers and I will be requesting that the local Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PSCP) look at this issue”
Newry & Armagh MLA Liz, Kimmins supporting her colleagues call said,
“Parents need to be aware that scramblers and quad bikes are not toys, if not properly used they can cause serious injury or death not only to those driving them but to pedestrians and motorists’.