Police urge road users to exercise caution as traffic increases

PC Nicola Goodall demonstrates a minimum safe distance to pass a horse rider.

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With an increase in the number of tourists this summer, and the resulting increase in traffic on the roads, police on Arran are asking all road users to drive carefully and considerately at all times in order to keep themselves and others safe.

Drivers are particularly being requested to pay special attention when passing horses and riders following issues raised by the horse riding community.

PC Nicola Goodall said: ‘Police are actively engaging with drivers to ensure they are aware of their legal responsibilities and are keen to ensure that the more vulnerable road users such as horse riders and cyclists remain safe on Arran’s roads.

‘Failure to comply with the relevant legislation can see offenders being prosecuted. The roads are for all to use in a safe and considerate manner and motorists must ensure they drive in a manner appropriate to the road conditions at all times.’

Police have been carrying out increased patrols on and around roads often used by horse riders and cyclists.

Due to the potentially unpredictable nature of horses being ridden on roads, often by young riders, road users should be vigilant and exercise caution when passing. Road users are advised to; slow down to a maximum of 15mph; be patient, don’t sound bell, horn or rev engine; pass the horse wide and slow with at least a car width if possible; drive slowly away once safely passed.