Following the release of statistics reported by riders to The British Horse Society, Devon County Council discussed horse and rider safety on the roads at their meeting on 13 January 2021.
Regional Manager, Julie Garbutt said; “We thank Councillor Hannaford for raising this and for Devon County Council’s pledge to help reduce the number of incidents and accidents on Devon roads. We would encourage all riders to continue to report all road incidents, especially ‘near misses’ to us at Report your horse riding incidents & accidents - together we really can make a difference.”
It was resolved that the Council be recommended to:-
(a) work with local communities, through partnerships with other agencies, and on-line to support the BHS in urging drivers to be very careful when passing horses on the road, and for them to adhere to its Dead Slow campaign messages
(b) join with the BHS to encourage all riders and horse owners to report their incidents to the charity at Report your horse riding incidents & accidents
(c) undertake a study of the detailed data from the BHS of the reported equestrian incidents within the county; and
(d) use the results of the study to identify any problem areas and patterns for signing intervention to improve driver awareness and to target education.
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