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Operation targets motorists who ignore Highway Code rules by passing cyclists too close  


Whilst most drivers passed cyclists safely, some need to give cyclists more space when they overtake them is the conclusion of the latest Operation Close Pass that took place on Hillmorton Road in Rugby today, Monday 18 September.    


Operation Close Pass is designed to actively target motorists who ignore Highway Code rules on overtaking cyclists.    


During the operation vehicles passed a plain-clothes police officer on a bicycle (equipped with video camera) on Hillmorton Road who was looking out for motorists who do not leave the required space when passing cyclists.  Whilst the vast majority passed the cyclist safely, leaving at least 1.5 metres, officers intercepted 8 motorists who were spotted not leaving the appropriate space.  These motorists were pulled aside for a demonstration of safe passing distances on an illustrated ground-mat and shown a video of their driving.  Whilst officers much prefer to educate drivers, repeat offenders, those who drive dangerously close, and those who decline the ‘chat on the mat’, may be charged.  


Officers and PCSOs also had the opportunity to work alongside driving instructors to help educate 8 learner drivers about safely passing cyclists and spoke to approximately 60 cyclists including school children who were safely stopped and given high vis items to help improve their visibility on the roads. 


The operation, coincides with the national NPCC Vulnerable Road Users campaign that aims to improve road safety for cyclists, pedestrians, horse riders and motorcyclists.   


The partnership is also encouraging cyclists to use Operation Snap to report and submit digital footage showing potential moving traffic offences such as dangerous or careless driving including passing them too closely.  The evidence you submit will be reviewed by one of our road traffic police officers.  For more information www.warwickshire.police.uk/operation-snap/    

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