Jake Berry used the road traffic accident prevention debate yesterday as an opportunity to discuss rider and road safety, once again pledging his support to The British Horse Society’s Dead Slow campaign.
Since the launch of its horse accidents website in 2010, 2,374 incidents involving horses on the road have been reported to the Society. Of these, 38 riders died and more than 200 horses were killed or euthanised.
The BHS is calling for a change in the Highway Code, and in the education of learner drivers to help protect the 2.7 million horse riders in the country.
In the debate, Transport Minister Andrew Jones said he will work with The British Horse Society in the future.
Alan Hiscox, BHS Director of Safety: “We’ve been working with Jake Berry and his team since our Safety Event in Lancashire, this is a real breakthrough in the exposure of the safety issues horse and carriage riders face on our roads.
“We hope that Mr Berry can hold a debate specifically about horse and rider road safety.”
Jake Berry supported the BHS throughout Road Safety Week (21-27 November) and said: “I have been working with The British Horse Society, and I want to help drivers pass horse riders safely when they meet on the roads. I want to help educate beyond the meaning of road signs, to instil confidence for all vulnerable road users.”