Almost 2 Horses A Week Are Killed On Britain’s Roads
The latest statistics from the British Horse Society (BHS) show that almost two horses a week are being killed on Britain’s busy roads.
More and more incidents involving horses are being recorded each year. In the last year, more than 845 incidents were reported to the BHS’s incident website involving horses.
Unfortunaly some lives have been lost among the incidents reported. Four people have died and 115 were injured and a larger 87 horses sadly lost their lives and 117 injured.
Although the objective of new partnerships with the Dartmoor Livestock Protection Society and the verderers of the New Forest is to encourage them to report all incidents involving semi-feral ponies and horses to the BHS, we have seen a huge 109% increase in the number of incidents since the previous year.
Alan Hiscox, BHS safety director said that this increase, taking into account the Dartmoor and New Forest ponies, is positive for the BHS’s ongoing Dead or Dead Slow road safety campaign.
“This will really highlight the issues on our roads, people need to realise it’s not just ridden horses. We’re working with other agencies to highlight the semi-feral ponies who are killed or injured, but also carriage horses and loose horses – our dead slow message applies whenever you see a horse on the road.”
Of the reported incidents, 73% occurred as a result of vehicles passing too closely.
The recent campaign has involved work on educating drivers with four key behaviour changes.
These urge drivers, if they see a horse on the road, to slow down to 15mph or less, be patient, pass the horse wide and slow, if safe to do so, and drive slowly away.
The BHS has also been working with parliament, including on a reworking of the Highway Code to ensure horses and riders are included in the guidance.