27/10/2016

Warning Signs To Be Installed To Prevent Use Of Scramblers

Warning signs are to be installed across west Belfast to warn against the use of off-road vehicles being used in parks and public spaces.

Police will also patrol hotspot areas to disrupt the dangerous, illegal activity and identify the people involved.

The scheme has been launched by the West Belfast DPCSP and the PSNI.

Chief Inspector Norman Haslett said: "Since the tragic death of Valerie Armstrong in July this year we have responded to 97 calls from the public about people using quads, scramblers and other off-road vehicles dangerously on streets and other public areas across West Belfast.

"Let me be absolutely clear, these vehicles are not toys. Anyone involved in using scramblers or other off road vehicles must be very mindful of their safety. Parents of children using these vehicles must take responsibility for where and how they are being used and that their children use all the appropriate safety equipment. The dangers of the inappropriate use of these vehicles can be catastrophic.
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"These vehicles are designed to be used off-road. But this does not mean that they can be driven anywhere off-road. These vehicles must only be driven on private land where the landowner has given permission and should never be driven on pavements, roads, public property or parks. Insurance and safety equipment must be complied with as well in order to drive these vehicles legally."

Councillor Brian Heading, Chair of the West Belfast DPCSP said: "The West Belfast DPCSP is aware of concerns in the local community about people riding scramblers and quads recklessly, especially in public parks. Through our ongoing strategic partnership approaches, the DPCSP has clearly identified the need to raise awareness and directly resource this issue.

"The illegal and abusive use of off-road vehicles is causing mayhem within local communities and green spaces within west Belfast and I want to assure the public that we are working in partnership, particularly with the Police, who will take action to curb the nuisance and dangers associated with the use of off-road scramblers and quads in public areas. The west Belfast DPCSP are pleased to be supporting the purchase of these signs and hope that they will encourage members of the public to report the use of these vehicles to the Police."

(CD)

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