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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.

road.cc 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 road.cc 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.

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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 road.cc in December 2021 and since then has kept the site’s readers and listeners informed and enthralled (well at least occasionally) on news, the live blog, and the road.cc Podcast. After boarding a wrong bus at the world championships and ruining a good pair of jeans at the cyclocross, he now serves as road.cc’s senior news writer. Before his foray into cycling journalism, he wallowed in the equally pitiless world of academia, where he wrote a book about Victorian politics and droned on about cycling and bikes to classes of bored students (while taking every chance he could get to talk about cycling in print or on the radio). He can be found riding his bike very slowly around the narrow, scenic country lanes of Co. Down.

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wtjs | 2 years ago
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I would be overjoyed to hear what penalty resulted from the 'action'. In Lancashire, no driver has ever received a proper penalty for close-passing- there may have been joke warning letters or driving courses, but you can't believe what they say

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HoarseMann replied to wtjs | 2 years ago
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Thames Valley are not far behind. In recent years they've only prosecuted one driver for close passing a cyclist.

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OldRidgeback | 2 years ago
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That was a bad one. I'm glad the cops are taking action.

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Bungle_52 | 2 years ago
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Compare this one with NMOTD 689 https://road.cc/content/news/nmotd-689-you-prck-close-pass-speed-289183.

The only difference I can see is that the driver in 689 didn't force another driver in to the verge.

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BalladOfStruth replied to Bungle_52 | 2 years ago
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Because NMOTD-689 happened in Gloucestershire Constabulary's jurisdiction, and they won’t lift a finger unless the cyclist is actually hit. Even then it’s only to pursue the cyclist for a public order offence when they swear in pain...

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wtjs replied to BalladOfStruth | 2 years ago
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Because NMOTD-689 happened in Gloucestershire Constabulary's jurisdiction, and they won’t lift a finger unless the cyclist is actually hit

Call that sloth?! Lancashire Constabulary won't lift a finger unless the cyclist is actually hit and seriously injured- otherwise they just call it 'only a momentary loss of concentration on the part  of the driver: NFA'

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HoarseMann | 2 years ago
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Another one where action has been taken by the police. I'll try not to get too excited, but this is encouraging.

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ktache | 2 years ago
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Well, that was a shocking 4 seconds!

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