Mo­torists are urged to take ex­tra care when pass­ing horses on roads

The Oban Times - - News -

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.’

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