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Near Miss of the Day 797: Motorist charged with careless driving after overtaking at speed towards oncoming vehicle

Our regular series featuring close passes from around the country – today it’s Berwickshire

Today’s Near Miss takes us to the Scottish Borders, where a motorist has been charged with careless driving after this pretty ferocious overtake, which caused an oncoming driver to take evasive action by heading into the verge. reader Stuart was cycling to work just outside Chirnside, Berwickshire when he was given a “bit of a fright” from the speeding driver.

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“As you can see in video, a car is approaching me and then suddenly the white Polo overtakes me at speed, not leaving the required distance,” Stuart says.

“You can also see the dust blowing up from the opposite verge as the oncoming vehicle has had to move over to avoid a collision.

“The Polo is travelling that fast I never heard it coming until it was alongside me.”

Stuart sent the above clip to the police, and has since been informed that the motorist has been charged with careless driving.

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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.

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Ryan joined as a news writer in December 2021. He has written about cycling and some ball-centric sports for various websites, newspapers, magazines and radio. Before returning to writing about cycling full-time, he completed a PhD in History and published a book and numerous academic articles on religion and politics in Victorian Britain and Ireland (though he remained committed to boring his university colleagues and students with endless cycling trivia). He can be found riding his bike very slowly through the Dromara Hills of Co. Down.

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