Gardaí and RSA issue Christmas warning to parents over dangers of mini-motorised vehicles

Moyagh Murdock said they are trying to "raise awareness of a serious road safety issue"

Gardaí and RSA issue Christmas warning to parents over dangers of mini-motorised vehicles

Moyagh Murdock, Chief Executive of Road Safety Authority. Image: RollingNews.ie

Parents are being urged not to give young children mini-motorised vehicles this Christmas.

Gardaí and the Road Safety Authority (RSA) have issued a joint appeal saying that the little cars, mini-motorbikes and quad bikes can cause serious injuries.

They say hospitals have reported injuries including fractures and head injuries as a result of the vehicles, and Gardaí say mishaps have also led to the deaths of children in the UK & Ireland.

To legally use the vehicles in a public place, drivers must adhere to road traffic laws - which include being over 16 and holding valid driving licence, insurance and motor tax.

Garda Derek Cloughley says they don't want to act as killjoys, but are looking to highlight the dangers "for these sometimes powerful mechanically-propelled vehicles". 

RSA Chief Executive, Moyagh Murdock added: "What we are trying to do is raise awareness of a serious road safety issue.

"Mini motorised vehicles are again becoming a popular present to give to children at Christmas and although they might seem like a bit of fun, they are not toys, they are in fact powerful machines, which have killed and seriously injured children who use them.

"Under no circumstances should a child be riding these vehicles as they simply do not have the skills, the strength or the reaction speed to be able to handle motorised vehicles," she added.