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Protecting Cyclists with Operation Close Pass
Police taking part in new operation in an attempt to reduce amount of cyclists involved in road traffic accidents.
A new road safety operation Close Pass will see plain clothed police officers on bikes looking out for motorists who drive too close to cyclists when overtaking. Motorists will then be stopped by uniformed officers and offered roadside education as an alternative to prosecution. The aim of the operation is to help reduce the number of collisions between cars and cyclists in Gloucestershire. According to the police 22 per cent of collisions between cars and cyclists are believed to happen whilst a car overtakes a cyclist.
Operation Close Pass has been effective in other areas of the country, with the West Midlands reporting a 50% reduction in these type of incidents. The first conviction of this type recently took place when a 60-year-old man was found guilty of driving without due care and attention after dangerously overtaking a cyclist. He was ordered to pay fines and costs totaling £1,038 after rejecting a £100 fine and asking for a court trial.
The Highway Code states that when overtaking cyclists drivers should allow as much space as when overtaking a car, which is 1.5 metres. Failure to do so could result in a prosecution.
Cyclists are much more vulnerable to injury than someone who is inside a motor vehicle. WSP Solicitors have experienced local solicitors who are able to help those involved in motor accidents receive the compensation they are entitled to. If you have been unfortunate enough to have been injured and would like help in pursuing a claim please get in touch with our Personal Injury team today for a free no obligation discussion.
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