Operation Close Pass switches focus to Falkirk
Road policing officers in Forth Valley, Scotland, have carried out a weekend of action in Falkirk as part of Police Scotland’s Operation Close Pass.
Police Scotland’s version of Operation Close Pass, first launched in April 2017, follows the same template as that used by several police forces across England - with plain-clothed police officers saddling up to identify motorists who do not leave the required space when passing cyclists.
The officers pass on details of offending drivers to in-car colleagues who intercept them at a designated holding point.
Last weekend’s activity in Falkirk involved two plain clothed officers cycling on bikes which were fitted with recording equipment.
On 7 October, 10 vehicles were stopped after four close passes, four aborted overtakes, one sounding of the horn and one verbal confrontation with a cyclist.
The following day, five vehicles were stopped following four close passes and an undertake.
All the drivers involved were spoken to at length by uniformed officers, with a focus on education, and shown a visual representation of the passing distance required when overtaking a cyclist.
Sgt David Ross of Forth Valley's Road Policing Unit said: "Keeping vulnerable road users, such as cyclists, safe is a priority for Forth Valley's Road Policing Unit and we continue to do so through a combination of educational activity and enforcement measures.
"It's vital that we continue to proactively intervene to keep all road users safe and that all drivers recognise the importance of giving cyclists space. However, be assured that we will take enforcement action wherever necessary."
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