Drivers photographed dangerously close to horses on the roads


Drivers moving dangerously close to the horses as they pass them on the roads have been filmed and police have now shared the shocking footage.

Officers from the Swadlincote Police Safe Neighborhood Team have warned motorists of the dangers of getting too close to animals when passing them.

It comes after images were sent to the team by riders showing drivers traveling within a foot of the riders and sneaking past them on the roads, which could easily frighten the animal and cause an accident. A photo taken by a rider shows a black Volkswagen driving right behind a horse.

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A spokesperson for the Police Team, which is a branch of Derbyshire Police, said: “The team received shocking images. Vehicle being driven to the back of a horse before overtaking.

“Another driver doesn’t want to wait for runners to pass, instead, he just keeps passing by not leaving enough room for runners to pass safely.

“How would you feel if you seriously injured a human or animal just because you didn’t slow down and pass safely?” “

The team has also issued a warning to be seen and safe on the roads now that winter nights are approaching.

This goes for cyclists, horse riders, motorcycles and pedestrians. Officers said that even if you are walking the dog, people need to make sure they are wearing the right gear and have the right equipment.

Drivers not giving riders a distance of two meters

Drivers are also reminded to watch out for other road users and to pass at a distance of two meters.

What to wear and do to be seen in the dark:

  • Wear high visibility clothing – it is best to have fluorescent and reflective items to wear.
  • Make sure you have lights on your bike – It is not only the law to use lights on your push bike as stated in the rules of the road, but it also contributes greatly to visibility.
  • Wear reflective bands – they can be moved to different parts of the body and are most useful on limbs that will be active. Place them around your ankles if you are riding a bike or on a horse and your wrists to be seen when indicating a turn.
  • Place Hi Vis on backpacks.
  • There is also a wide range of high visibility equipment for your horses and even your dogs.


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