Drivers told to be 'horse aware' in West Yorkshire

Police in Bradford have warned drivers to reduce their speed and consider the needs of horse riders on the road.

West Yorkshire Police said it had received numerous complaints from riders who had experienced near misses.

In some cases their stirrups have been hit when motorists have driven too closely or at excessive speeds.

The force said there was no excuse for careless driving and motorists would be prosecuted if caught.

'Just ignored'

Police Community Support Officer Julie Hansord is the Horse Watch Liaison Officer for Bradford South.

She said motorists who drove at inappropriate speeds, drink and drug drivers and those using a mobile phone behind the wheel affected horse riders on the roads.

"One of the worst problems is hearing a car speeding towards you or behind you.

Horse riders have given the motorist a clear signal to slow down and they are just ignored.

"There is no excuse for bad or careless driving on West Yorkshire's roads.

"All drivers, whether they live in the district or are simply visiting, must understand that if they break the law they are likely to be caught and prosecuted."

She said motorists should not sound their horns or rev their engines when near to the animals.

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