Police operation catches drivers dangerously passing horse and rider - The Rugby Observer

Police operation catches drivers dangerously passing horse and rider

DRIVERS were caught out passing a horse and rider either too fast or too close during a police operation in Brinklow.

Ten per cent of drivers fell foul of Warwickshire Police’s Operation Close Pass activity in the village’s Smeaton Lane, despite the horse and rider duo being accompanied by a PCSO on a bicycle and all parties wearing hi-vis.

During the two-hour operation, around 45 vehicles passed the horse and rider – and officers intercepted four motorists who did not comply with the Highway Code.

The operation targeted motorists who ignore the rules on how to safely pass equestrians on the road by leaving at least two metres and slowing to approximately 10mph or less.

They were pulled aside and given information on the rules.

Carol Cotterill from Warwickshire Police Rural Crime Team said many horse riders from the Brinklow area had contacted them with concerns about vehicles passing them too close or too fast.

She said: “It’s important the many equestrians in Warwickshire feel as safe as possible on our roads.

“Our advice to drivers on rural roads is to expect the unexpected around the next corner – there could be a horse and rider, a cyclist or a pedestrian. There may also be oncoming traffic. Please slow down and be ready to pass vulnerable road users wide and slow.

“We cannot stress enough how much the hi-vis worn by the horse, rider and cyclist improved their visibility. During the operation we also visited stable yards to hand out high visibility tabards and Operation Snap cards to encourage riders to report moving traffic offences such as dangerous or careless driving to the police.

“We are also very grateful to Lynda, a Police Mounted Volunteer, and her horse Murphy for their help in the Operation, both of whom have passed the BHS Road Safety test.“

Visit www.warksroadsafety.org for more information.


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