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Wick opticians is Horsin' Around to help riding school


By David G Scott

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A Wick opticians has donated special road safety tabards to a Lyth-based riding school.

Specsavers has taken steps to help keep children and adults safe this January with the Wick branch kindly donating road safety tabards to Horsin’ Around stables. The gifts form part of an initiative to help raise awareness of important updates to the Highway Code from the end of January 2022 to help protect vulnerable road users.

Modelling the Specsavers tabards are from left, Maia Bateman, Abbie Bell on Denver Colorado, Eleanor Hargrave with the stable mascot rescue chihuahua Louis Vuitton, Natalie Oag on The Great Gatsby, and Sophie Bell. Natalie said that Louis was modelling his road safety tabard jacket 'whilst doing his bit to help raise awareness that it’s important for dog walkers to be seen out and about with their beloved canine buddies this winter'. Picture: Ray Hilton
Modelling the Specsavers tabards are from left, Maia Bateman, Abbie Bell on Denver Colorado, Eleanor Hargrave with the stable mascot rescue chihuahua Louis Vuitton, Natalie Oag on The Great Gatsby, and Sophie Bell. Natalie said that Louis was modelling his road safety tabard jacket 'whilst doing his bit to help raise awareness that it’s important for dog walkers to be seen out and about with their beloved canine buddies this winter'. Picture: Ray Hilton

These updates to the rules aim to protect those most at risk creating a hierarchy of users, including pedestrians, particularly children, older or disabled people, cyclists, motorcyclists, and horse riders.

With regards to passing horses, road users must:

  • Pass horses, including horse drawn vehicles, at under 10mph.
  • Give at least 2m clearance when passing horses and, if this is not possible, to wait until it is clear to do so.

Natalie Oag from Horsin' Around said: "Thank you for passing us wide and slow – it does matter, it keeps us all safe. Remember, be seen and be safe."

Natalie thanks Ian Morris from the Wick Specsavers branch for the kind donation and "helping keep everyone seen and safe on the roads this winter".


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