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Council backs safety campaign following horse death statistics

The council of the county that has recorded more recent horse road deaths than anywhere in the country is backing the British Horse Society’s (BHS) safety campaign following the “truly shocking” statistics.

BHS figures show that 203 road collisions involving horses were reported in the southwest in 2019-20 – with 104 of these in Devon.

Of the 104, there was one rider and 33 horse fatalities. In 2018-2019 239 incidents were reported in the county.

During a Devon County Council virtual meeting earlier in December, the council noted the figures, and councillor Rob Hannaford, of Exwick and St Thomas, Exeter, put forward a motion calling for the support for the BHS Dead Slow campaign.

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