Gardaí detain quad driven on public road by 13-year-old with younger sibling

An appeal has been made to Irish road-users for everyone to “play their part” in making roads safer, prompted by Gardaí detaining a quad driven by two children on a public road.

The quad driven by the children was stopped by Gardaí based in Co. Cavan recently, where it was also noted that neither child was wearing a helmet.

This was one of a number of issues identified in recent days.

Taking to social media yesterday (Tuesday, September 1), members of An Garda Síochána based in the Cavan-Monaghan region warned:

“Cavan Roads Policing Unit continue to detain vehicles and take them off our roads as some drivers still drive without insurance.

Image source: Cavan Monaghan Garda Division

“The one pictured is the latest to be detected being driven without insurance, NCT or tax.

Recently the Gardai in Arva detained a quad being driven on the public road by a 13-year-old accompanied by a younger sibling, neither of whom were wearing a helmet.

“It is up to each and every one of us to play our part in making our roads safer whether by reducing our speeds, not driving while under the influence or by simply showing good example,” the Garda statement warned.

In a separate comment on quad safety earlier this year, Gardaí in Co. Kildare underlined the dangers associated with both quad bikes and scrambler bikes:

These vehicles are unsuitable for children and young teenagers and could cause life-changing injuries.

“Members of the public should not be driving these vehicles in public, or without the necessary licence, insurance, safety equipment and supervision,” the Garda comment concluded.