Horse Riders Call for Improved Road Safety After Equine Fatality

An equine fatality in South Tyneside has led to further calls for improved road safety


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Horse riders have called for new safety measures on a busy road in South Tyneside after a horse and rider were involved in a collision with a van.

The accident took place on Lizard Lane, South Shields, which has a 40mph speed limit, except for a small section near the local riding school, where measures have been implemented to reduce the speed and flow of traffic.

The impact of the collision killed the animal and caused its 41-year-old rider a leg injury, which resulted in hospital treatment, the Shields Gazette reported.

As a result of the incident, riders have called for an improvement in driver awareness, as they claim a lot of motorists do not know what to do when a horse and rider is in front of them on the road.

Local riders have encouraged motorists to slow down when approaching and pass horses as wide as possible.

The government recently conducted a campaign, alongside road safety charity Think!, to encourage drivers and horse riders to respect each other’s right to use the roads.

Expert Opinion
Incidents involving motorists and horse riders have huge consequences on the lives of all involved, and educating road users on how to share the roads safely must be a top priority in reducing the number of collisions and preventing serious injury.

“We have seen an increase in the number of cases involving vulnerable road users, such as cyclists and horse riders involved in road traffic collisions and have seen the long-term effects of physical and psychological injury.

“Road users should always do their utmost to keep themselves safe, as well as pedestrians, riders, cyclists and motorists.

“It is also vital that local authorities do as much as they can in their areas to ensure notorious roads and accident black spots are made safe to prevent further incidents from occurring.”
Sion Kingston, Partner