Black Isle MSP’s Concern at Dangerous Driving Near Horse Riders and Cyclists

By Reporter, The HighLand Times, Thursday August 30 2018

Pictured: Kate Forbes meeting with horse riders.

The constituency MSP for the Black Isle has backed a campaign calling for greater awareness of how to safely overtake horse riders and cyclists on country roads.

Kate Forbes MSP recently met with a group of Black Isle residents near Cullicudden, and was also shown footage of near misses where vehicles passed too quickly and too close to horse riders on the road.

Since 2010, there have been almost 150 incidents on Scottish roads involving both motorists and horse riders – including two rider fatalities and 50 serious injuries.

Kate Forbes MSP said:

“In a rural place like the Black Isle it’s not surprising to see horse riders.

“Despite that, I was really disappointed to hear that drivers usually drive too close and too fast when passing a horse.

“There is evidently a lot of work to do in educating drivers about overtaking horses and the serious dangers of scaring horses.

“Sadly, horse riders told me that they believe the roads are increasingly dangerous for horse riding, despite horse riders having equal access to the road.

“I support these horse riders on the Black Isle who want to raise awareness of how to overtake horses and ensure that horse riders don’t fear for their safety when riding in a rural place like the Black Isle.”

Nel MacDonald-Rolfe, one of the riders, added:

“Rural roads are to be treated with respect even by the locals who become complacent and take chances.

“You never know what is round the corner nor what can suddenly appear from the side of the roads.

 “Rural roads are there to be used by all, which includes cycles, walkers and horse riders.

“Patience and respect for all users and educating is the key.

“As they say, speed kills.”



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