A motorist in Malvern was reported yesterday for driving without due care and attention after committing a dangerous close pass on a bike-riding police officer.
The officer was taking part in a close pass operation in the town, targeting motorists who overtake cyclists too closely, when the driver – seemingly unaware of an oncoming lorry – decided to pass him on a bend.
The motorist then had to sharply swerve back in front of the cyclist as the lorry approached, narrowly avoiding a collision with both the HGV and the police officer.
The officer, who captured the dangerous overtake on his helmet camera, reported the motorist to court for driving without due care and attention.
The driver of this vehicle decided to cut across the path of one of our police officers on his bike today because he hadn’t seen the oncoming HGV lorry. 🤦♀️ He will be reported to court for driving without due care and attention.P2487 #OpClosePass #saferroads #Skidmarks #closecall pic.twitter.com/sE7KVz6Ddi
— Malvern Cops (@MalvernCops) February 17, 2022
The incident occurred while local police were conducting a close pass operation in Malvern and Worcester yesterday.
Close pass operations – as pioneered by West Midlands Police – involve plain-clothes officers on bikes equipped with cameras radioing ahead to alert uniformed colleagues of close passes or other instances of poor driving.
Motorists are then stopped and shown how to pass cyclists safely or in some cases, like the driver in Malvern, reported.
These initiatives inevitably gather enough evidence of poor driving for a whole swathe of prosecutions.
In September 2021 Dame Sarah Storey, Great Britain’s most successful Paralympian, joined road policing officers in South Yorkshire for a close pass operation on the notorious A57 climb.
Of the 110 motorists who passed Storey during the operation, 20 were stopped by the police for advice on their driving and overtaking skills, while ten were prosecuted for a range of offences from careless driving to contravening double white lines.
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.