December 12th, 2007 by admin
Late Saturday evening, a car ran into the rear of a horse-drawn carriage in downtown St. Augustine. According to a police department spokesperson, the horse “took off running” but was not injured. (The carriage drivers were not as lucky and suffered unspecified injuries.)
For many years, ARFF has argued that horses do not belong on St. Augustine’s busy streets. Unfortunately, despite several accidents over the years involving horse-drawn carriages, our pleas have been ignored.
Please contact the Mayor and urge him to follow the lead of other progressive cities and enact an ordinance prohibiting horse-drawn carriages, ensuring the safety of both horses and people.
Mayor Joseph Boles
City of St. Augustine
Perhaps St. Augustine can look north for guidance? At yesterday’s meeting of the New York City Council a bill was introducted that states, “It shall be unlawful to offer rides to the public on a vehicle drawn or pulled by a carriage horse.” The bill to ban carriage horses from NYC streets follows the death of a carriage horse in a September accident. Councilman Tony Avella, who introduced the bill, explained, “This situation is only getting worse - the animals are not being treated properly, and enough is enough. Horses are incompatible with traffic.” (Notes of thanks can be sent to Councilman Avella at: email@example.com)