Pete the Pony helps students launch Forest road safety appeal

Daily Echo: Brockenhurst College students with Pete the Pony. Brockenhurst College students with Pete the Pony.

A HARD-hitting campaign aimed at cutting the number of animals killed or injured on New Forest roads has been launched by students in the district.

Teenagers at Brockenhurst College are determined to reduce the carnage by highlighting the need to drive safely.

A mascot called Pete the Pony is being used to promote the campaign, devised with the help of Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service.

It follows a sharp rise in the number of animal accidents in the Forest.

Last month the Verderers revealed that almost 150 collisions involving ponies and other livestock had occurred since the start of the year, compared with 117 in the first 11 months of 2012.

They said that a total of 86 animals had been killed – 15 more than in the same period last year.

Two of the most recent collisions at Burley Road, Wilverley, and Roundhill, Brook, resulted in two ponies being injured.

Two other collisions occurred on the B3708 at Black Gutter and Godshill but no injured animals were found.

Many of the animal accidents are caused by drivers flouting the 40mph speed limit on all unfenced roads in the Forest.

Hampshire Police and the National Park Authority (NPA) are among the organisations backing the college’s campaign.

The campaign is also highlighting the dangers of using your phone while driving.

First year Brockenhurst College student Jodie Hambling said: “It’s very important that students understand the dangers of texting when driving, especially in an area like the New Forest where the number of animals roaming freely are an added risk on the roads.”

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12:53pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Ginger_cyclist says...

About time someone started a campaign like this because it isn't the animals or their owners faults that the get hit by vehicles, it's those in control of said vehicles who are at fault for driving recklessly, dangerously and without due care and attention, as for phone use, I've caught 6 motorists, using the phone while driving in the space of 3 days, with one woman in her big audi, trying to justify it by saying that she was just looking at it while holding it in her hand, doesn't matter what you're doing, as soon as you pick the phone up while driving, even if you're sat in traffic, you have broken the law.
About time someone started a campaign like this because it isn't the animals or their owners faults that the get hit by vehicles, it's those in control of said vehicles who are at fault for driving recklessly, dangerously and without due care and attention, as for phone use, I've caught 6 motorists, using the phone while driving in the space of 3 days, with one woman in her big audi, trying to justify it by saying that she was just looking at it while holding it in her hand, doesn't matter what you're doing, as soon as you pick the phone up while driving, even if you're sat in traffic, you have broken the law. Ginger_cyclist

9:02pm Thu 5 Dec 13

geoff51 says...

Ginger_cyclist wrote:
About time someone started a campaign like this because it isn't the animals or their owners faults that the get hit by vehicles, it's those in control of said vehicles who are at fault for driving recklessly, dangerously and without due care and attention, as for phone use, I've caught 6 motorists, using the phone while driving in the space of 3 days, with one woman in her big audi, trying to justify it by saying that she was just looking at it while holding it in her hand, doesn't matter what you're doing, as soon as you pick the phone up while driving, even if you're sat in traffic, you have broken the law.
Its a pity you don't spend more time concentrating on riding your bike instead of picking holes in other road users faults, it smacks of a holier than thou attitude.
Please do not hijack threads about the safety of forest animals to promote your hobby horse of militant cycling, it does you no favours.
The law also applies to you as many cyclists are guilty of doing what you are complaining about motorists doing with no hands on the handlebars or earphones drowning out the sounds of the traffic.
Saying that I fully support any method of protecting forest ponies from danger from any road user.
[quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: About time someone started a campaign like this because it isn't the animals or their owners faults that the get hit by vehicles, it's those in control of said vehicles who are at fault for driving recklessly, dangerously and without due care and attention, as for phone use, I've caught 6 motorists, using the phone while driving in the space of 3 days, with one woman in her big audi, trying to justify it by saying that she was just looking at it while holding it in her hand, doesn't matter what you're doing, as soon as you pick the phone up while driving, even if you're sat in traffic, you have broken the law.[/p][/quote]Its a pity you don't spend more time concentrating on riding your bike instead of picking holes in other road users faults, it smacks of a holier than thou attitude. Please do not hijack threads about the safety of forest animals to promote your hobby horse of militant cycling, it does you no favours. The law also applies to you as many cyclists are guilty of doing what you are complaining about motorists doing with no hands on the handlebars or earphones drowning out the sounds of the traffic. Saying that I fully support any method of protecting forest ponies from danger from any road user. geoff51

9:22pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Ginger_cyclist says...

geoff51 wrote:
Ginger_cyclist wrote:
About time someone started a campaign like this because it isn't the animals or their owners faults that the get hit by vehicles, it's those in control of said vehicles who are at fault for driving recklessly, dangerously and without due care and attention, as for phone use, I've caught 6 motorists, using the phone while driving in the space of 3 days, with one woman in her big audi, trying to justify it by saying that she was just looking at it while holding it in her hand, doesn't matter what you're doing, as soon as you pick the phone up while driving, even if you're sat in traffic, you have broken the law.
Its a pity you don't spend more time concentrating on riding your bike instead of picking holes in other road users faults, it smacks of a holier than thou attitude.
Please do not hijack threads about the safety of forest animals to promote your hobby horse of militant cycling, it does you no favours.
The law also applies to you as many cyclists are guilty of doing what you are complaining about motorists doing with no hands on the handlebars or earphones drowning out the sounds of the traffic.
Saying that I fully support any method of protecting forest ponies from danger from any road user.
I spend al of my time concentrating on cycling, I'm more aware of what's going on around me than most motorists, hence I spot a LOT of law breaking by motorists, cyclists and silliness from pedestrians, as for hijacking threads, if I was going to do that, I wouldn't have commented in the way I did, I wouldn't have even made any mention to the actual story , so no, besides, thread hijacking is your forte, it's not militant cycling as I'm not actively fighting anyone or preparing to do so, which the definition of militant being "To fight or be prepared to fight for a social or political agenda", yes, the law applies to cyclists too, most obey the laws, like most motorists do.
I also fully support anything that goes to protecting the forest animals, even the chimps sat at the wheel of a small number of those cars, maybe set up speed cameras hidden in plastic ponies along the worst roads for speeding and animal deaths and have a handful of plain clothes police on unmarked motorcycles equipped with helmet cams to catch those who are using the phone at the wheel and other similar offences such as eating or reading at the wheel.
[quote][p][bold]geoff51[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: About time someone started a campaign like this because it isn't the animals or their owners faults that the get hit by vehicles, it's those in control of said vehicles who are at fault for driving recklessly, dangerously and without due care and attention, as for phone use, I've caught 6 motorists, using the phone while driving in the space of 3 days, with one woman in her big audi, trying to justify it by saying that she was just looking at it while holding it in her hand, doesn't matter what you're doing, as soon as you pick the phone up while driving, even if you're sat in traffic, you have broken the law.[/p][/quote]Its a pity you don't spend more time concentrating on riding your bike instead of picking holes in other road users faults, it smacks of a holier than thou attitude. Please do not hijack threads about the safety of forest animals to promote your hobby horse of militant cycling, it does you no favours. The law also applies to you as many cyclists are guilty of doing what you are complaining about motorists doing with no hands on the handlebars or earphones drowning out the sounds of the traffic. Saying that I fully support any method of protecting forest ponies from danger from any road user.[/p][/quote]I spend al of my time concentrating on cycling, I'm more aware of what's going on around me than most motorists, hence I spot a LOT of law breaking by motorists, cyclists and silliness from pedestrians, as for hijacking threads, if I was going to do that, I wouldn't have commented in the way I did, I wouldn't have even made any mention to the actual story , so no, besides, thread hijacking is your forte, it's not militant cycling as I'm not actively fighting anyone or preparing to do so, which the definition of militant being "To fight or be prepared to fight for a social or political agenda", yes, the law applies to cyclists too, most obey the laws, like most motorists do. I also fully support anything that goes to protecting the forest animals, even the chimps sat at the wheel of a small number of those cars, maybe set up speed cameras hidden in plastic ponies along the worst roads for speeding and animal deaths and have a handful of plain clothes police on unmarked motorcycles equipped with helmet cams to catch those who are using the phone at the wheel and other similar offences such as eating or reading at the wheel. Ginger_cyclist

9:54pm Thu 5 Dec 13

geoff51 says...

Ginger_cyclist wrote:
geoff51 wrote:
Ginger_cyclist wrote:
About time someone started a campaign like this because it isn't the animals or their owners faults that the get hit by vehicles, it's those in control of said vehicles who are at fault for driving recklessly, dangerously and without due care and attention, as for phone use, I've caught 6 motorists, using the phone while driving in the space of 3 days, with one woman in her big audi, trying to justify it by saying that she was just looking at it while holding it in her hand, doesn't matter what you're doing, as soon as you pick the phone up while driving, even if you're sat in traffic, you have broken the law.
Its a pity you don't spend more time concentrating on riding your bike instead of picking holes in other road users faults, it smacks of a holier than thou attitude.
Please do not hijack threads about the safety of forest animals to promote your hobby horse of militant cycling, it does you no favours.
The law also applies to you as many cyclists are guilty of doing what you are complaining about motorists doing with no hands on the handlebars or earphones drowning out the sounds of the traffic.
Saying that I fully support any method of protecting forest ponies from danger from any road user.
I spend al of my time concentrating on cycling, I'm more aware of what's going on around me than most motorists, hence I spot a LOT of law breaking by motorists, cyclists and silliness from pedestrians, as for hijacking threads, if I was going to do that, I wouldn't have commented in the way I did, I wouldn't have even made any mention to the actual story , so no, besides, thread hijacking is your forte, it's not militant cycling as I'm not actively fighting anyone or preparing to do so, which the definition of militant being "To fight or be prepared to fight for a social or political agenda", yes, the law applies to cyclists too, most obey the laws, like most motorists do.
I also fully support anything that goes to protecting the forest animals, even the chimps sat at the wheel of a small number of those cars, maybe set up speed cameras hidden in plastic ponies along the worst roads for speeding and animal deaths and have a handful of plain clothes police on unmarked motorcycles equipped with helmet cams to catch those who are using the phone at the wheel and other similar offences such as eating or reading at the wheel.
Sorry can you repeat that I fell asleep halfway through your sermon, you self riteous bore!
[quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]geoff51[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: About time someone started a campaign like this because it isn't the animals or their owners faults that the get hit by vehicles, it's those in control of said vehicles who are at fault for driving recklessly, dangerously and without due care and attention, as for phone use, I've caught 6 motorists, using the phone while driving in the space of 3 days, with one woman in her big audi, trying to justify it by saying that she was just looking at it while holding it in her hand, doesn't matter what you're doing, as soon as you pick the phone up while driving, even if you're sat in traffic, you have broken the law.[/p][/quote]Its a pity you don't spend more time concentrating on riding your bike instead of picking holes in other road users faults, it smacks of a holier than thou attitude. Please do not hijack threads about the safety of forest animals to promote your hobby horse of militant cycling, it does you no favours. The law also applies to you as many cyclists are guilty of doing what you are complaining about motorists doing with no hands on the handlebars or earphones drowning out the sounds of the traffic. Saying that I fully support any method of protecting forest ponies from danger from any road user.[/p][/quote]I spend al of my time concentrating on cycling, I'm more aware of what's going on around me than most motorists, hence I spot a LOT of law breaking by motorists, cyclists and silliness from pedestrians, as for hijacking threads, if I was going to do that, I wouldn't have commented in the way I did, I wouldn't have even made any mention to the actual story , so no, besides, thread hijacking is your forte, it's not militant cycling as I'm not actively fighting anyone or preparing to do so, which the definition of militant being "To fight or be prepared to fight for a social or political agenda", yes, the law applies to cyclists too, most obey the laws, like most motorists do. I also fully support anything that goes to protecting the forest animals, even the chimps sat at the wheel of a small number of those cars, maybe set up speed cameras hidden in plastic ponies along the worst roads for speeding and animal deaths and have a handful of plain clothes police on unmarked motorcycles equipped with helmet cams to catch those who are using the phone at the wheel and other similar offences such as eating or reading at the wheel.[/p][/quote]Sorry can you repeat that I fell asleep halfway through your sermon, you self riteous bore! geoff51

11:38pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Ginger_cyclist says...

geoff51 wrote:
Ginger_cyclist wrote:
geoff51 wrote:
Ginger_cyclist wrote:
About time someone started a campaign like this because it isn't the animals or their owners faults that the get hit by vehicles, it's those in control of said vehicles who are at fault for driving recklessly, dangerously and without due care and attention, as for phone use, I've caught 6 motorists, using the phone while driving in the space of 3 days, with one woman in her big audi, trying to justify it by saying that she was just looking at it while holding it in her hand, doesn't matter what you're doing, as soon as you pick the phone up while driving, even if you're sat in traffic, you have broken the law.
Its a pity you don't spend more time concentrating on riding your bike instead of picking holes in other road users faults, it smacks of a holier than thou attitude.
Please do not hijack threads about the safety of forest animals to promote your hobby horse of militant cycling, it does you no favours.
The law also applies to you as many cyclists are guilty of doing what you are complaining about motorists doing with no hands on the handlebars or earphones drowning out the sounds of the traffic.
Saying that I fully support any method of protecting forest ponies from danger from any road user.
I spend al of my time concentrating on cycling, I'm more aware of what's going on around me than most motorists, hence I spot a LOT of law breaking by motorists, cyclists and silliness from pedestrians, as for hijacking threads, if I was going to do that, I wouldn't have commented in the way I did, I wouldn't have even made any mention to the actual story , so no, besides, thread hijacking is your forte, it's not militant cycling as I'm not actively fighting anyone or preparing to do so, which the definition of militant being "To fight or be prepared to fight for a social or political agenda", yes, the law applies to cyclists too, most obey the laws, like most motorists do.
I also fully support anything that goes to protecting the forest animals, even the chimps sat at the wheel of a small number of those cars, maybe set up speed cameras hidden in plastic ponies along the worst roads for speeding and animal deaths and have a handful of plain clothes police on unmarked motorcycles equipped with helmet cams to catch those who are using the phone at the wheel and other similar offences such as eating or reading at the wheel.
Sorry can you repeat that I fell asleep halfway through your sermon, you self riteous bore!
More like you can't take it when the truth is spoken.
[quote][p][bold]geoff51[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]geoff51[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: About time someone started a campaign like this because it isn't the animals or their owners faults that the get hit by vehicles, it's those in control of said vehicles who are at fault for driving recklessly, dangerously and without due care and attention, as for phone use, I've caught 6 motorists, using the phone while driving in the space of 3 days, with one woman in her big audi, trying to justify it by saying that she was just looking at it while holding it in her hand, doesn't matter what you're doing, as soon as you pick the phone up while driving, even if you're sat in traffic, you have broken the law.[/p][/quote]Its a pity you don't spend more time concentrating on riding your bike instead of picking holes in other road users faults, it smacks of a holier than thou attitude. Please do not hijack threads about the safety of forest animals to promote your hobby horse of militant cycling, it does you no favours. The law also applies to you as many cyclists are guilty of doing what you are complaining about motorists doing with no hands on the handlebars or earphones drowning out the sounds of the traffic. Saying that I fully support any method of protecting forest ponies from danger from any road user.[/p][/quote]I spend al of my time concentrating on cycling, I'm more aware of what's going on around me than most motorists, hence I spot a LOT of law breaking by motorists, cyclists and silliness from pedestrians, as for hijacking threads, if I was going to do that, I wouldn't have commented in the way I did, I wouldn't have even made any mention to the actual story , so no, besides, thread hijacking is your forte, it's not militant cycling as I'm not actively fighting anyone or preparing to do so, which the definition of militant being "To fight or be prepared to fight for a social or political agenda", yes, the law applies to cyclists too, most obey the laws, like most motorists do. I also fully support anything that goes to protecting the forest animals, even the chimps sat at the wheel of a small number of those cars, maybe set up speed cameras hidden in plastic ponies along the worst roads for speeding and animal deaths and have a handful of plain clothes police on unmarked motorcycles equipped with helmet cams to catch those who are using the phone at the wheel and other similar offences such as eating or reading at the wheel.[/p][/quote]Sorry can you repeat that I fell asleep halfway through your sermon, you self riteous bore![/p][/quote]More like you can't take it when the truth is spoken. Ginger_cyclist

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