Concerns over 'scrambler' bikes speeding across Curragh plains

Concerns over scrambler bikes speeding across Curragh plains

Two of the four scramble bikes spotted on the Curragh at the weekend

A KildareNow reader has sent us images of two scrambler-type bikes travelling across the Curragh Plains at the weekend. 

The man, who was walking dog at the time on Friday evening, said there were four motorbikes in total.

He said: "They travelled at speed along the Curragh from the railway track side and crossed the main R413 road from Kildare Town to the Curragh Racecourse.

"They then travelled onto an area where there were sheep and they scattered to get out of the way.

"The motorbikes continued onto the road known locally as the Bucket Road I think then went and out of sight." 

The reader added: "They came out of nowhere and were going very fast and disappeared fairly quick too. 

"I'm not sure what are the rules on scrambler bikes on the Curragh - are they allowed?"

Ahead of the May Bank Holiday weekend last, Kildare Co Council, the Road Safety Authority and Gardaí highlighted the misuse of quad bikes and scramblers on the road and in public spaces such as parks.

A statement said these vehicles pose particular dangers to young people; three of the four people who died in Ireland as a result of an incident involving a quad bike or scrambler were aged 18 or under, in the period 2014 to 2017.

Mr Keith Synnott consultant at the National Spinal Injuries Unit in the Mater hospital said: “Quad bikes and scramblers are not toys, they are heavy, dangerous pieces of machinery that can cause life changing injuries or death.

"Riders risk spinal injury following a collision on a quad bike or scrambler.

"Impacts often happen on areas of uneven ground or as a result of unstable vehicles, especially in the hands of children, leading to people falling and landing awkwardly or the vehicle landing on the rider.”

In 2018, there were 15 motorcyclist deaths on Irish roads, just over 60% of which occurred on rural roads with speed limits of 80km/h or higher, including motorways.

The majority of fatal collisions involved males aged between 21 and 56 and six of the collisions were single vehicle.

To date in 2019, there have been four fatal collisions involving motorcyclists – three more than the same time last year.

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