Leicestershire Police is taking to pedal power from Monday 10 July, to enforce its Safe Pass campaign, filming motorists as they overtake officers cycling in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
The campaign, which launched with an information video in May, has already led to one motorist being stopped for overtaking too close to a cyclist who filmed him and submitted the recording to the force. He was spoken to about his driving and warned that persistent offenders would be prosecuted. Unluckily for him, officers also established that he was driving without road tax and he was given a penalty ticket.
A group of officers have recently undergone advance cycling training and, from Monday, will be in the region over the next two weeks, using body-worn cameras to record motorists who don’t leave enough space when overtaking. Offending motorists will be stopped by supporting officers at the scene to discuss the dangers posed to the cyclist by unsafe passing.
Inspector Paul Crewe said:
“Ideally our video has had an impact and we won’t see any motorists overtaking dangerously. But, if we do, we will either flag them down immediately, or identify them from their registration plate for a follow up discussion.
“Cyclists are very vulnerable when they use the road and, as we come up to the school summer holidays, we expect to see a lot more younger people out and about on their bikes. Whatever their age, fitness levels and experience, cyclists are put at great risk by motorists who ignore the 1.5m overtaking distance between the bike and the car.”
The force aims to publish film of examples of unsafe passing over the summer as a further warning to motorists.
Source:: Leicestershire Police News