The British Horse Society has released figures highlighting a rise in incidents between horses and vehicles in Devon. Check out the video here.
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.
The British Horse Society has urged drivers to be aware of these four messages to minimise the risk of accidents when they see a horse on the road:
- 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
The safety of all those who use Devon’s roads is paramount to us as the local authority, and we hope drivers will take these messages on board to help limit the number of incidents involving horses on our roads.