Hunts on roads: Gay given evidence
08 September 2006
To coincide with the formal establishment of the Road Safety Authority, ICABS has this month sent video footage to chairman, Gay Byrne, showing numerous instances of hunts encroaching on to public roads. We are calling for the elimination of this potential danger by making roads off limits to hunts.
The footage follows a letter sent to the RSA back in March in which we highlighted the hazards. In reply, Gay Byrne stated: "I note with interest the points you make about the potential road safety issues arising from hunts and their access to public roads. This is an issue the RSA will consider further."
ICABS has welcomed this positive response and are pleased to now be able to supply the video evidence which explicitly shows the true extent of the problem. Our footage shows:
In our latest letter to Gay Byrne, ICABS has asked him to view the footage and prioritise moves to keep hunters off the roads. We pointed out that if a motorist hits a hunt horse or swerves to avoid a collision with horses or hounds, serious injuries or fatalities may result.
1. Please do not hesitate to complain to the Gardai if hunts come on to public roads and interfere in any way with the free flow of traffic.
The phone numbers of Garda stations all over Ireland can be found at www.garda.ie.
2. Please write to Garda HQ and ask for urgent action to be taken to keep hunts off our roads.
If you have seen hunters, hunt horses and hounds and/or hunt followers causing inconvenience or danger to road users, please mention this in your correspondence.
Mr Noel Conroy
3. Urge the Road Safety Authority to prioritise action to make roads off-limits to hunts.
Mr Gay Byrne
4. Write to your local TD and Senator and alert them to the dangers of hunts coming on to roads.
Urge them to support the campaign to clear our roads of hunt horses and hounds and remind them of the merits of drag hunting, the humane alternative to fox and deer hunting. In draghunting, the route followed by the "hunt" is pre-planned so as to avoid encroachments on to public roads, railway lines and prohibited land.
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