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Gardaí warn about “ghosting” dare which sees young people lying on road

An Garda Síochána have said a new social media challenge poses a significant risk to life.

In a statement released on social media, An Garda Síochána warned people not to take part in a “ghosting challenge”, where a person lies down on the road with a sheet over them in an attempt to stop traffic.

The latest social media craze has been trending online and has caused significant concern among the force that fatalities will be inevitable should it continue. One girl in the south of the country has already been injured by a vehicle.

She is thought to have spent several days in hospital after injuring her back and ankle whilst doing the challenge.

“An Garda Síochána have 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,” the statement reads.

“This activity is extremely irresponsible and poses a serious danger to those taking part and motorists. An Garda Síochána are urging people not to engage in this social media trend.

“Gardaí are particularly appealing to parents to educate their children on the dangers of participating in such activity and highlight the importance to being seen while using Irish roads.”

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