Plea to slow down after spate of accidents involving New Forest animals

New Forest pony (Hen)

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 5:39am 14th September 2018.

NINE have been involved in crashes in a fortnight including two deaths on the same stretch of road.

There's a fresh reminder that "Ponies don't dent - they die" after a spate of accidents across the area.

Figures from the Verderers, who protect  the New Forest, show a worrying rise in the two weeks ending the 9th of September.

Last Wednesday (5th September) a bay mare was left with a broken leg after being hit by a vehicle on the B3079 at Brook and had to be put down by agister.

Just a few days earlier on the same road at Bramshaw a pregnant cow and her unborn calf were killed in a hit and run.

Hampshire Police is now stepping up speed checks at high risk routes:

ANIMAL STATISTICS:

So far this year 36 animals have died on the New Forest roads and a further 18 have been injured.

More worryingly 20 of the incidents since January 1st have been classed as a "hit and run" where the drivers have failed to notify the Verderers or the police.

More than a third of the 54 accidents so far in 2018 have involved local drivers.

With the pannage season upon us, where domestic pigs are released onto the Forest to eat acorns. drivers are being warned to take extra care.

600 pigs and piglets will be roaming until the 11th November.

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