VICTORIA, B.C. – With the nice weather approaching, the province is reminding drivers in rural areas to share the road with horses and their riders.
There is signage in many areas that alert drivers to use caution and be courteous when passing horses and riders. The province is asking that drivers pay attention and watch for signs, especially at the beginning of any roadway or along narrow or winding rural roads.
Horses and their riders are recognized road users according to the Motor Vehicle Act, and drivers should be aware that loud noises like horns or passing vehicles can startle horses and trigger unpredictable behaviour. This can cause risks to the riders, animals, and drivers, the province says.
Due to the current pandemic, those travelling on foot, bikes, and horseback should use physical distancing when passing others, and drivers are reminded to allow extra room for all to share the road.
When travelling near horses, drivers are encouraged to use the following tips:
More information on road safety with horses and their riders can be found on the Ministry of Transportation website.
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