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VIDEO: Cornwall's Deadly Roads

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3:50pm 9th October 2014

Cornwall's roads are named some of the deadliest in the country.

Government statistics show 22 people died and over 150 were seriously hurt last year.

Six people lost their lives on bends on rural routes.

It is prompting a new THINK! safety campaign to make us aware of the dangers.

Alison, who works at a riding school, was riding with her 10 year old son and her boss in November 2013 when a car ploughed into her and her horse at 45 mph throwing them on to the car bonnet and then off into the other riders. Alison lay on the ground concussed. Her horse had gone through the car’s windscreen and broken its back, so had to be put down at the scene. The other two horses were injured, one broke its jaw and the other injured its leg. Alison’s son thought she had been killed.

She said: "We were ploughed into from behind, a bit like sitting ducks really. As well as losing my horse, it has had a terrible effect on my 10 year old son. He saw that I wasn’t moving and thought I was dead. He’s now receiving counselling.
“I’ve had 3 other near misses on that road, we regularly get abuse from drivers who are annoyed about having to slow down. There have been 8 or 9 incidents in one small area over the past few years."

THINK! advice is:

The best drivers read the road ahead and anticipate potential hazards. Look out for upcoming bends, hidden dips, blind summits and concealed entrances.

Country roads often have sharp bends. To stay in control and give yourself time to react to unexpected hazards, brake before the bend, not in it.

Overgrown verges, bushes and trees on country roads can block your view and potentially obscure an oncoming hazard. Always drive at a speed which will allow you to stop in the distance you can see to be clear (double that on a single track road). Allow more time to stop on wet or slippy surfaces.

The speed limit is a limit not a target. The national speed limit on single carriage roads is 60mph, but there will be times you need to drive under that in order to drive correctly for the conditions. In fact most people do on these roads – the average free flow speed is 48mph.

If you get stuck behind a slow moving vehicle be patient. Dips in roads, bends and other junctions joining your road often hide oncoming vehicles, so unless it's absolutely essential, don't overtake.

If passing more vulnerable road users such as horse riders, cyclists and walkers, pass wide and slow.

Even if you’re familiar with a country road, never take it for granted as the conditions can be different every time.

You can watch the hard hitting video here

3:50pm 9th October 2014

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