WHOA THERE: Local riders are campaigning for drivers to slow down and avoid spooking their horses.
WHOA THERE: Local riders are campaigning for drivers to slow down and avoid spooking their horses. FILE

Ignorant drivers putting horse riders' lives at risk

DUNDOWRAN dad Mark Hall is sick and tired of fearing for his family's safety when they ride their horses.

Mr Hall, who owns four horses, is deeply concerned about the lack of safety and courtesy drivers show when passing riders.

He said cars were often driven erratically, causing concern for himself and his family as they rode along Dundowran streets.

"It's uncomfortable not just for the horse but the rider," he said. "Unfortunately you have to go on the road and there's continuous traffic passing through (and) beeping."

Mr Hall said there had been occasions when his young daughter had been given the finger or people had used inappropriate language. He said there needs to be a campaign to educate drivers and encourage them to be aware of their surroundings.

"I think we have to get more assistance from Main Roads … people have to realise some horses are more easily spooked than others and they don't have peripheral vision," he said.

He admitted more signs could be expensive at $400 each but said there had been too many close calls and education was needed.

A Facebook campaign, "WHOA - Please slow down for horses", has been launched to promote safety.

The page focuses on the safety of horse riders on roads who are by law recognised as a vehicle and entitled to the same rights on the road as a car.



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