As Devon & Cornwall Police say they’ll explore Close Pass campaign, cyclist near Redruth experiences a particularly shocking one
February 8 2017
On the same day road.cc exclusively revealed that Devon & Cornwall Police were exploring targeting drivers who pass cyclists too closely, a cyclist riding near Redruth was subject to a particularly shocking one, with the aggressive motorist almost hitting an oncoming car, too.
Paul Dickey from Carnkie near Redruth told the Plymouth Herald that he was riding close to Four Lanes when he heard a car approaching from behind.
Posting the video to Facebook, he described how the oncoming driver’s face had a “shocked expression” as she realised what the driver planned to do.
The 42-year-old said: “I could hear the engine revving and knew it was either a boy racer or someone in a hurry.
“Then I saw the shocked expression on the face of the woman who was driving towards me.”
It was only when he reviewed the footage captured on his Garmin Virb camera that he realised just how close the driver had been to hitting both him and the oncoming car.
He told the newspaper: “We get it all the time, “this sort of thing does happen a lot.”
It was incidents of this nature that let to West Midlands Police establishing its widely-praised Give Space, be Safe initiative last year.
As we reported yesterday, Devon & Cornwall Police is one of the forces that is looking to adopt the initiative.