Blight of death riders / irresponsible use of quads Ballymagroarty – McGinley

Sinn Féin Councillor Eric McGinley has appealed for anyone in the Ballymagroarty area who has information on “death drivers” or those using quad and scrambler bikes recklessly to contact the PSNI straight away.

Aftermath of death riding incidents in Derry
Aftermath of death riding incidents in Derry

Councillor McGinley said “It’s sad that we have to issue this public appeal in Christmas week for these reckless actions to stop . A week when people are looking for a break before the New year without this nonsense taking place on the streets outside their homes.

We have received a number of complaints about death drivers and people and out and about going mad on quads in the early hours of the morning.

Many of the residents I have spoken to have said there is a real fear in the local community we are only a split second away here from a terrible tragedy.

It has been a case in the past that people have turned a blind eye to the way these bikes are being driven about the place but it is now time that action was taken.eric-1

If anyone has information on who is behind this anti community activity then they should report it to the Housing Executive , Road Service or the PSNI .Those involved in bringing havoc and danger into our community should be prosecuted.

Concluding he said

I think it is also very important to let people know that good ,positive work has been going on in the community around the whole issue of scramblers and quads bikes.

The North West Community Motorcycle Project has been carrying out excellent work in attracting young people to an initiative which will allow motorcycles to be used in a proper environment. I would encourage young people looking to become involved to contact the club or the local CRJ project .”