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Scrambler shock Dublin councillor says 'zero-tolerance approach' is needed to tackle scrambler menace

'Thoughts are with the young woman that was seriously injured (on Sunday) night on Priorswood Road'

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A local Dublin councillor has said a zero-tolerance approach is needed to tackle the scrambler menace. 

Local Fianna Fáil councillor Daryl Barron was speaking after a young mother-of-one aged in her 20s suffered several suspected broken bones after she was hit by a scrambler in north Dublin on Sunday night.

The incident happened at around 11.15pm on the Priorswood Road in Dublin 17.

It is understood that the woman, who lives in the locality, suffered serious injuries including a number of broken bones.

She was brought to Beaumont Hospital where there were grave concerns about her health and she remains in a serious condition.

Sources also said the driver of the scrambler was seen fleeing the crash site with "clearly visible injuries".

Clllr Barron said: "Thoughts are with the young woman that was seriously injured (on Sunday) night on Priorswood Road.

"Another serious incident with a scrambler on our street in Dublin.

“This is not the first time this has happened and the way I see it is we need a zero-tolerance approach,” he added.

The scene of the crash is just a short distance from where a man suffered life-altering injuries after being hit by a scrambler in 2018.

Ilabek Avetian was sunbathing in Darndale Park with his wife when he was hit by an off-road bike.

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Mr Avetian lost an eye and also suffered severe brain injuries.

Cllr added: “This man is still in rehabilitation because of that incident.

“We need to give the Garda the powers to take on the situation with scramblers head on.”

Mr Avetian’s wife Anzhela Kotsinian (46) previously told the Irish Independent new proposed legislation to make the bikes illegal in public spaces was very welcome.

“I’m very happy to hear about this, along with the legislation,” Anzhela said. “It’s a victory for all the Irish people.

“Now, I hope each person will be sure of their safety in a public park. I think that’s great. A lot of things will change to make life better for people in communities.”

Anzhela recently welcomed new measures to make it an offence to drive scramblers or quads in parks, green spaces, on beaches or wasteland.

Anzhela said parents “will think more seriously about buying scramblers as presents for young people. And the community initiatives will help young people to have other interests.

“I hope this initiative, with the legislation, will help young people to know they must respect others.”

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