A reminder from Devon CC to drive slowly around horses

The British Horse Society (BHS) has released figures highlighting a rise in incidents between horses and vehicles in Devon – we write about this in April and will continue to spread the word. Devon County Council says:

Between the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 years, incidents in Devon rose from 7 to 17, the highest figure in the South West. These incidents refer to collisions between vehicles and horses, as well as near-misses, that have resulted in death, injury or distress to riders or their horses.

There are 1.3 million regular riders in the UK, and in total 230 horses and 39 riders have been killed since 2010.

Cllr Stuart Hughes

Councillor Stuart Hughes, DCC’s Cabinet Member for Highways, says:

“Devon is a rural county, and it’s not uncommon to see horses being ridden on some of our quieter roads. We have recently introduced Pegasus crossings in Devon, helping to ease the passage of horses across roads where it would be unwise for riders to dismount.

We’ve also designed bridges for non-vehicular traffic in such a way as to permit horse riders to share the space with cyclists and pedestrians, such as our multi-use bridge over the A38 on the Granite Way near Stover Country Park.

We ask drivers respectfully to pay heed to the BHS advice about minimising the risk and accidents involving horses:

  • Slow down to a maximum of 15mph

  • Be patient – do not sound your horn or rev the engine

  • Overtake only when it is safe to do so, ensuring to leave at least a car’s width between the vehicle and the horse

  • Drive away smoothly”

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