Make it law to pass by a horse wide and slow and abide by horse riders hand signals
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I want to make it a legal requirement to drive past a horse wide and slow and for drivers to have to abide by hand signals asking them to stop and slow down when asked. We need a law that protects horse riders.
Horses are easily scared by cars that don’t take care when passing them. When they get scared they can spook or rear, throwing riders off of them. This can lead to someone falling through a windscreen. Until there is a law neither the driver, the riders or the horses are safe.
I have been a horse rider my whole life and have seen first hand the dangerous consequences driving past a horse recklessly can have for everyone on the road. I have been involved in too many near misses while on my horse-- who has become nervous of cars approaching us too fast and too close.
The roads are becoming busier, faster, their is heavier traffic on rural roads, tractors are getting bigger all the time -- the roads are getting more and more dangerous. Please help sign this petition to make driving past a horse wide and slow a legal requirement.
Horse riders like me are trying to hold drivers to account ourselves-- trying to catch drivers with the use of head cameras to let the drivers know they will be caught on camera. Too many times riders are left lying in the roads with a scared horse as drivers pass by and drive off leaving the scene. But we can’t keep trying to hold drivers accountable ourselves we need parliament to do something to change this. The horse industry is big a lot of businesses rely on being able to ride on the roads We need to be able to ride safely.
There have been lots of times that I have asked a driver to slow down and they just speed past because legally they don't have an obligation to do anything else By the time I ask them the accident has already happened-- the car either drives past too fast or squeezes through, scaring the horses or narrowly missing them. More than 4,000 horse riders and carriage drivers were admitted to hospital between April 1 2011 and March 31 2012 from injury in a transport accident.
We as riders need protection by the law, we need to stop the incidents. Lives of horses and people are being lost. We could put an end to this if we could by STOP a car when we need to.
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