Motorists are urged to take extra care when passing horses on roads
OBAN police officers have asked motorists to remember to drive ‘slow or dead slow’ when they pass horses on the road.
Officers highlighted, in particular, the single-track road that leads from Benderloch to South Shian.
Inspector Julie McLeish at Oban police office said: ‘More than 60 per cent of incidents involving horses on the roads occur between 10am and 3pm, with June being the most common month.
‘The unclassified single-track road from Benderloch to South Shian sees a lot of horse traffic.
‘There are also long- established stables and a disabled riding facility. This is also a well-used area by tourists due to the hotel, caravan sites and many selfcatering and bed-and-breakfast properties.
‘And a recent survey has revealed that more than 400 cars alone, not counting commercial vehicles and caravans, passed by in one day. As the season gets busier, this is leading to frustration between vehicle users and horse riders and the obvious dangers where the police have become involved.
‘If you see a horse being ridden or led- on, plan your driving carefully.
‘Slow down on the approach and pass it slowly and smoothly without revving your engine or making any undue noise.
‘If there is not room to pass safely, fall back to create distance and wait until there is.
‘You will usually find most riders will be very courteous if you do.’