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The new 'Ghosting' craze is extremely dangerous

The new 'Ghosting' craze is extremely dangerous

The new 'Ghosting' craze is extremely dangerous

A Dublin TD has warned that the new online trend of ghosting will cost lives and must be stopped.

Deputy Emer Higgins, who represents Dublin Mid West said the latest social media challenge call is on the rise in Ireland and has gardaí rightly concerned.

Gardaí yesterday issued a warning about a new social media challenge which is encouraging people to lie on a road with a sheet over them to stop oncoming traffic.

The online trend, called ‘ghosting’, has already seen one girl hospitalised with injuries in the south of the country in recent days.

“Make no mistake - this challenge will cost lives,” Deputy Higgins said.

“I implore young people to think twice before ghosting cars, cyclists and other road users. As well as leaving themselves at risk of being knocked down, they could cause a car to hit another car or vulnerable road user.”

Earlier this month a teenage girl was hospitalised after she was injured while participating in the new social media trend called ‘ghosting’.

The incident occurred on the outskirts of Limerick city and has led to gardai issuing a warning about the new trend.

“Already we have seen one young Irish social media user hospitalised over this and I wish her a speedy recovery,” Deputy Higgins added.

“I hope young people all over Ireland can learn from this and give up this dangerous challenge.

“Ahead of the school Christmas break there may also be an opportunity for a discussion on road safety in the classroom and I encourage teachers to take up these issues with young people to start the discussion.

“We know how good young people are these days at communicating, raising awareness of the issues that affect them and listening to each other.

"Please talk to your friends about this and discourage them if you see anyone attempting to engage in this. You could save the life of a friend.”

And in an added to warning to parents, who might not have been aware of the trend to date, she they need to also sit up and take notice.

“Talk to your teenagers; educate them about road safety and the dangers of challenges like this.”

Gardaí said they attended an incident in the southern region in recent days where a youth received a number of minor injuries while participating in this activity.

“Emergency services escorted the youth to hospital where she is being treated for injuries sustained to her back, torso and ankle. She was admitted to hospital for a number of days,” said a garda spokesperson.

Gardaí are now urging people not to engage in ‘ghosting’ and appealed for parents to educate their children on the dangers of lying on a road with a sheet covering them.

In a statement they said: “An Garda Síochána has been made aware of a social media trend circulating online called ‘ghosting’.

“This ongoing trend challenges persons to lie on a roadway with a sheet placed over them in an attempt to stop oncoming traffic.

“This activity is extremely irresponsible and poses a serious danger to those taking part in the ‘ghosting’ and motorists.

“Gardaí attended an incident in the southern region in recent days where a youth received a number of minor injuries while participating in this activity.

“Emergency services escorted the youth to hospital where she is being treated for injuries sustained to her back, torso and ankle.

“She was admitted to hospital for a number of days.”

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