Laura Laker November 21 2016
Campaigners and fellow police officers say there is no reason why the award-winning Give Space, be Safe initiative, started by West Midlands Police, shouldn’t work across the country…
The Metropolitan Police are coming under pressure to trial an award-winning close pass initiative similar to one successfully introduced in the West Midlands this year.
The Give Space, be Safe operation, run by West Midlands Police, was introduced to tackle cycling collisions, as well as fear of traffic among those who would like to cycle but don’t. Within a few weeks, over nine deployments, officers have spoken to 130 drivers, and say driver behaviour appears to have improved beyond the target area.
Road safety campaigners and police officers at the House of Lords last week questioned why the Metropolitan Police (Met) have not replicated the close pass initiative in London, dismissing claims London traffic is too slow-moving to run the operation. A Camden-based Sergeant was among those who have run successful similar close pass operations.