As riders we want to enjoy our time hacking with our horses, and feeling safe and confident on the roads is an essential part of this. Whether you enjoy a potter round the block between schooling sessions, or are wracking up the miles with Your Horse’s #Hack1000Miles challenge, it’s important equestrians know where to report any road incidents.
With collisions and near-misses on the rise, riders are encouraged to submit any footage of incidents to police via the national Operation SNAP initiative. The scheme provides a more streamlined way for members of the public to submit video and photographic evidence relating to driving offences.
“The police alone cannot be everywhere all the time so by enabling the public to be our additional eyes and ears, we can help deter dangerous and reckless behaviour,” Detective Chief Superintendent Andy Cox told Your Horse.
“We review submissions from dashcam and helmet cameras and where appropriate will take action which can and has led to offenders being disqualified from driving.”
Riders who wish to find out more about submitting footage are advised to visit their local police force website. They are reminded to check the criteria for submissions with their force, as some require the footage to have two minutes either side of the incident on it for context, for example, and these requirements differ from force to force.
The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) has also been working with the British Horse Society (BHS) around road safety, who encourage the submission of camera footage. The BHS urges any equestrian involved in a road incident to report it to the charity via their website or the Horse i app.