Driv­ers urged to give horses a wide berth

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A road safety cam­paign to re­duce in­juries and deaths as a re­sult of ve­hi­cles pass­ing too close to horses has been launched by Po­lice Scot­land, with sup­port from the Bri­tish Horse So­ci­ety and Glas­gow City Coun­cil.

The ‘Lose the Blink­ers’ cam­paign is aimed at all road users, with par­tic­u­lar em­pha­sis in places like Ar­ran, where many horse riders ex­er­cise their mounts in the evenings and at week­ends. Ac­cord­ing to the Bri­tish Horse So­ci­ety, since 2010 there have been 50 riders in­jured, two deaths, 43 horses in­jured and 10 horses killed on Scot­land’s roads. Many of th­ese have been due to ve­hi­cles ei­ther col­lid­ing or pass­ing too close to the horse, caus­ing them to throw the rider or to panic and bolt.

So­ci­ety di­rec­tor of safety Alan His­cox said: ‘We want to re­mind driv­ers that horses can be un­pre­dictable, and even the most well-trained horse can re­act to its in­stincts and want to move quickly away from what they con­sider to be a threat.’

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