HorseWorld urges motorists to be on the lookout for horses in the country lanes

Bristol-based animal rescue centre, HorseWorld is urging motorists to drive with caution along country lanes and be on the lookout for horses and riders after the charity has received calls about the lanes inlocal areas, Upton Cheyney, Beach and Bitton.

“We have had reports of three separate incidents where horses and riders have been hit by cars in these lanes in recent years. Whilst the riders survived, two of the horses were injured fatally with the most recent being in March this year” said HorseWorld’s Communications Officer, Amy Williams.

“The closure of the A431 between Kelston and Bath has increased the volume of traffic in these lanes recently and despite temporary 20mph speed limit signs being erected, many riders have said cars are still going too fast. Several people have asked us if we can raise awareness among the local community and ask drivers to be extra cautious around country lanes. We would also urge horse riders to wear high visibility clothing as even on the brightest of days; a horse and rider can be hidden in the shadows.”

 

Article by: Amy Williams

Posted on: 30th May 2014