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Near Miss of the Day 451: Driver flirts with head-on collision to get to red light slightly sooner

Our regular series featuring close passes from around the country – today it's the West Midlands...

Today’s near miss seems depressingly typical. Seeing one driver pass a cyclist, a second one follows – despite the fact it means moving into the path of an oncoming vehicle and despite the fact it only means arriving at a red light fractionally sooner.

The incident occurred on Coneygree Road in Tipton.

It doesn’t seem that the first driver could have had much of a view of the road ahead. Perhaps they felt they could see enough to judge that they could pass before any oncoming vehicle rounded the corner.

The second driver seems bent on passing regardless of circumstances though. It’s a manoeuvre that almost smacks of jealousy at seeing another motorist get in front of a cyclist.

The red lights stops them both.

The footage was provided by Martin, who also submitted Near Miss of the Day 449.

He said he would be reporting the incident to the police.

“Nothing will get done unless I start reporting them,” he reasons.

> 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.

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> What to do if you capture a near miss or close pass (or worse) on camera while cycling

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