Horses and riders marched through Nottingham’s city streets yesterday morning to raise awareness to drivers to slow down when passing horses on the road.
Over 100 jockeys and their steeds joined the march and rode along some of the city’s busiest streets to Nottingham Castle in the city centre, demanding legislation to ensure drivers slow to 15mph when they see horses on the road.
Nottinghamshire County Council are supporting the campaign and supplying riders with reflective armbands.
The armbands are designed to make riders more visible and also contain medical information and emergency contacts in the case of an accident.
Penny Stocks who organised the event said: “As a horse rider myself I've had some scary incidents with speeding cars, including one car which was so close to my horse that it ripped off one of its stirrups.”
The march follows the BHS ‘Dead Slow’ campaign that was launched earlier this year, urging drivers to pass horses with at least two metres distance and at 15mph.
Only last week, a horse was killed in a traffic accident in North Wales, leading to calls for a lower speed limit to be introduced on the road in question.