Surrey Police is taking part in Rural Crime Awareness Week, a national campaign that started this week and will be focusing on road safety in rural areas.
Chief Inspector, Michael Hodder said: ‘’Rural Crime can affect individuals, businesses and communities and Surrey Police are keen to build the most effective links to ensure we tackle rural crime in the most efficient way.
“The British Horse Society is working with us on operational activities throughout the week.”
Alan Hiscox, Director of Safety at The British Horse Society said: “We’re grateful to Surrey Police for allowing us to work with them during Rural Crime Awareness Week.
“It is important to educate drivers on a horse’s natural flight instinct, which means it can suddenly react to something it’s unsure of, such as a fast approaching vehicle. This sudden reaction to avoid a perceived threat can have potentially devastating consequences for all involved.
“The British Horse Society launched its Dead Slow campaign to help educate drivers on how to safely pass a horse on the road. The key messages to drivers are:
If I see a horse on the road then I will:
- slow down to a maximum of 15mph,
- be patient (don’t sound the horn or rev the engine),
- pass the horse wide and slow (at least a cars width if possible) and drive slowly away
If drivers follow these four simple messages, and both riders and drivers show patience and courtesy to one another, the level of incidents occurring on our roads can be decreased.”
If you have been a victim of rural crime, or have any intelligence relating to crime committed in rural areas please report this to Surrey Police on 101 or anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.