Drivers are urged to be considerate of horses like this one at the Drymen Show.
By Lucy Ashton
POLICE in West Dunbartonshire and Argyll are urging all road users to be considerate of those on horses following reports of reckless driving.
They made their plea after a driver was charged with dangerous driving in rural Argyll earlier this month, having allegedly driven at speed towards a group of horse riders.
PC Laura Evans from Police Scotland said: “Most horse riders would prefer not to ride on the roads, however often this is a necessity.
“With understanding and consideration on all sides, there is room for everyone to use the roads safely.”
Motorists should always give animals a wide berth and drive at around 15mph.
The British Horse Society says more than 100 horses and riders have been killed or injured on Scottish roads since 2010.
A horse was killed and its rider taken to hospital with back injuries after they were struck by a car in North Lanarkshire on Sunday.
Police said the female rider was taken to Wishaw General Hospital following the incident on Brackenhirst Road, near the village of Glenmavis, at around 9.24am on Sunday morning. The driver of the car has been arrested – ““Officers were called to the report of a road traffic crash on Brackenhirst Road, Glenmavis, Airdrie, at around 9.24am on Sunday, April 25. “