Near Miss of the Day 313: "How many offences?" - but driver escapes with warning

Our regular series featuring close passes from around the country - today it's Berkshire...

The latest video in our Near Miss of the Day series shows a motorist committing a series of offences – but she escaped with a warning from police.

It was filmed by reader Uphill Freewheeler, who said: “The driver drove out of the pub car park straight at me.

“You can see at 1:29 she has both hands off the wheel rummaging in her bag, presumably distracted by a mobile device.

“Two minutes and 30 seconds later I encountered her again, this time stopped in the mandatory cycle lane once again presumably having been distracted by a mobile device.

“She drove off straddling the pavement. There are 3 clear and obvious offences all caught on video: careless driving, entering a mandatory cycle lane, and driving on the footway.

“Given that she left a pub car park it would be interesting to have seen the result of a breath test. I made an on-line report to Thames Valley Police which I was informed was reviewed by a supervisor.”

Police told him: The driver of RO15OCK has been established and the incident has been dealt with by way of written warning issued to this driver. This event is now formally recorded on the computer system against this driver/vehicle should further reports be linked to either.

“This begs the question just how many offences a driver has to commit in the space of three minutes before being prosecuted by Thames Valley Police,” Uphill Freewheeler added.

> Near Miss of the Day turns 100 - Why do we do the feature and what have we learnt from it?

Over the years has reported on literally hundreds of close passes and near misses involving badly driven vehicles from every corner of the country – so many, in fact, that we’ve decided to turn the phenomenon into a regular feature on the site. One day hopefully we will run out of close passes and near misses to report on, but until that happy day arrives, Near Miss of the Day will keep rolling on.

If you’ve caught on camera a close encounter of the uncomfortable kind with another road user that you’d like to share with the wider cycling community please send it to us at info [at] or send us a message via the Facebook page.

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Please also let us know whether you contacted the police and if so what their reaction was, as well as the reaction of the vehicle operator if it was a bus, lorry or van with company markings etc.

Simon has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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