Published: 13:53, 26 September 2021
| Updated: 13:39, 27 September 2021
Allow space and drive slowly when approaching horses on the road.
That’s the message the Medway Community Safety Unit has for all motorists, to avoid startling the animals.
Two PCSOs, Sean Humphrey and Jeanette Reed, highlighted the point by joining riders on a ride out on Saturday, September 18.
It was done on their wards, including Rainham South, Hempstead, Wigmore and Bredhurst, which are amongst the most rural in the Medway Towns area.
The horse riders themselves were participating in a national initiative, called the Pass Wide and Slow Campaign, which has received support from stables across the UK.
PCSO Humphrey said: "Thankfully, collisions involving horse riders and cars are exceptionally rare and we want to keep it that way.
"That’s why we were more than happy to show our support to such an important campaign.
"If you do see a horse on the roads, please slow down your speed and only pass when it is safe to do so.
"That includes not overtaking on the approach to a corner and ensuring you leave plenty of space so you don’t startle the horse."
Medway Community Safety Partnership includes Medway Council, Kent Police, Medway Clinical Commissioning Group and Kent Fire and Rescue Service.