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Gardaí warn against 'dangerous' quad bikes and scramblers as Christmas presents for kids

Gardaí have said quad bikes and scramblers are unsuitable for children and young teenagers and could cause life-changing injuries.

They've issued a warning about the dangers associated with the vehicles ahead of Christmas.

They say in recent years, a number of people have been killed or injured in collisions involving a quad bike or a scrambler on public roads.

Most of the incidents involved children under 18 years of age.

Chief Superintendent Paul Cleary of the Garda National Roads Policing Bureau said they could be a dangerous Christmas present.

He said: "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."