A SENIOR garda has warned that driving cars and quadbikes across frozen lakes is "a tragedy waiting to happen".
Superintendent Vincent O'Brien was speaking after gardai in Ballybofey, Co Donegal, received reports from concerned members of the public about people driving vehicles on the ice at nearby Trusk Lough and Lough Mourne.
The scenic Trusk Lough is located in the Kinletter area outside Ballybofey, while Lough Mourne is just off the main Ballybofey to Donegal Town road at Barnesmore Gap.
Lough Mourne is Donegal County Council's main source of fresh water supplies for east Donegal, and it is feared the vehicles are a pollution threat.
Meanwhile, a number of people in the Ballybofey area have told the Irish Independent that adults are driving quadbikes across the frozen lakes with child passengers.
Supt O'Brien said: "On Monday, January 4, we went to Trusk Lough and found evidence of tyre marks out on the frozen ice in the middle of the lake."
"These reckless actions have been taking place during the day and also during hours of darkness.
"I would appeal to parents to be aware of where their children are with these quads.
"I would also like to appeal to the individuals involved to desist from these activities immediately.
"This is a tragedy waiting to happen."