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Pete the Pony helps students launch Forest road safety appeal
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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